Brazilian Cherry

Eugenia uniflora

Ripe brazillian cherry fruits being displayed ready to eat along with foliage

A highly ornamental shrub with spreading branches and aromatic foliage. The Brazilian cherry has delicate white flowers that are followed within 3 weeks by a ribbed fruit that changes from green to orange to maroon-red when fully ripe. The young bronze foliage turns a glossy deep green when mature and deep red in cold, dry weather. The fruit is delicious eaten out-of-hand or as an ingredient in jelly, sauce and pies. Refrigeration enhances the flavour and makes these a good substitute for strawberries. Weed warning: This tasty and very hardy pumpkin shaped berry is popular as a kids treat. While in a urban situation it holds little risk however the fruit is very appealing to birds and when planted in regional areas it has been observed to seed into native vegetation remnants, where it can continue to self seed and inhibit the growth of native flora. It has the potential to grow in open sun and shaded areas. If in close proximity to subtropical rainforest remnants the tree should be netted during fruiting to avoid introduction into the native vegetation.
Other Names: Pitanga, Surinam Cherry

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Specifications of Brazilian Cherry

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months March, April, May, June

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Brazilian Cherry Reviews & Tips

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Trevor
★★★★★ 1d ago

Runcorn, Qld, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Saw a lovely mature tree laden with yellow/orange fruit in 1770 near the hotel.Wonder if anyone has tried the Brazilian Cherry Tree as a Bonsai?

Gamefowl1
★★★ 1y ago

SUNNYBANK HILLS, QLD, Australia

We use this as a hedge along our fenceline. The fruit are attractive, with a great flavour. Unfortunately it is too sour for my liking, but I have heard that there are sweeter varieties around. I think that maybe this would be agood in a jam. The leav...

Peter Richardson
1y ago

Turramurra, NSW, Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

The fruit is very variable - some trees bear fruit that's unpleasantly resinous, while others are very sweet

Jim Pietszak
1y ago

Ft Pierce suberb, Flori

Brazilian Cherry

Planted 5 Brazilian Shrubs June 2018, aprox. 2ft tall in ground , now April 2019 5 ft tall, producing fruit, more than expected.

Helen Flouch
2y ago

Nundah / Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

To people who say the fruit is 'tart'. I have a friend who has acres of Brazilian Cherries. She tastes the first fruit of each new plant and if it's tart she culls the plant. So it would seem some fruit is sweet and others not so nice.

Springfields1
★★★★★ 4y ago

THE PATCH, VIC, Australia

There were lots of flowers for the first time last year, but not one berry.

000Troy0001
★★★★ 4y ago

REDLAND BAY, QLD, Australia

I have been lead to believe, easy to grow with minimal fuss, delicious fruit. Planted 10/02/2017 this plant has pushed out new leaves in less than a week. Looks very  happy in the ground, no stress when planted as happy as can be. Looks like it will b...

Bill Wilkinson
4y ago

Gunalda, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I have 2 B. Cherries about 5 years old. They started bearing quite prolifically about 2 years ago, yum, & bees love the flowers. They only occasionally get a watering but have thrived in dry times, wet times, frost and hot weather. 2.5 metres high now.

TonisFruit1
★★★★ 5y ago

VIRGINIA , QLD, Australia

We had one of these in the back yard in townsville.  It's a beautiful tree and tbe fruit makes excellent jam. 

June
5y ago

Dennis, QLD, Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Black Brazilian Cherry from Daleys last year flowered and fruited this spring. So sweet and yummy when colour turns very dark.

Simone Heimoana
6y ago

Narrabri, NSW, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I have one in my garden growing underneath a bottlebrush (because of frost risk) so the watering regime is rather dry. It survives but the fruit are quite unpleasant and taste very resinous and sour.

Beto Boton
6y ago

Buderim, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Known in Brazil as "PITANGA", usually planted to become a "green fence" the fruit is no sweet, it is tangy and sweeten only when VERY red. In Brazil it is used for juice, jam, and of course mixed with sugar, vodka and ice... (seeds must be removed!

Beto Boton
7y ago

Buderim, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I grew up in Brazil and surrounded by this plant known as "pitanga" . If pruned properly, it can become a nice perimeter fence. It can be grown like lilly pilly, since they are sort of related...

Benn Kinivan
8y ago

Geraldton, WA, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I just planted one in geraldton wa. I'll let you know how it go's. I'm trialling it on bore water with EC 5.6. So far so good!

Peter Carnovale
8y ago

Springfield, NSW, Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

In Central Coast NSW our Surinam Cherry is a yearly bonus -plenty of fruit for jams and jellies

Corinne
8y ago

Redland Bay, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

bees pollinate them, they absolutely love the flowers

Sharon Taylor
8y ago

West End , QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I live in Townsville and have a brazillian cherry in a large pot fruiting well. A question for Townsville people how big would it go if I planted it in the ground as in the tropics growth is prolific in most plants.

Julie
8y ago

Albany, WA, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Have 3 Brazilian Cherry shrubs approx 6 yrs old. 1 flowered April 2012,and a cherry ripened in July. The other 2 shrubs have 5 0r 6 cherries developing. The shrubs are in a sheltered position and have new growth. Just planted a seed and some cuttings.

Ray Doblo
8y ago

Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

We find grows best in loose soil with plenty compost & rotted manure.Water well in summer,less in cooler months.Prune to required size&shape after fruiting.We prefer to leave fruit on tree until dark& soft& then is strong flavour,& not sour.

dboo
★★★ 8y ago

newcastle, nsw

lovely foilage, it's been slow growing so far. got a chance to taste the fruit of a friends tree and its was disapointing, mostly seed and a little astringent.

Adrian Lees
9y ago

Rockingham, , WA, Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I have five Brazilian Cherry trees in my back yard, I have two against the fence, two advantages here lovely back drop against the fence and you get the benefits of the fruit. I eat them fresh and make jam. They are evergreen all year round.

Rod M
9y ago

Mt Nebo, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Jen stick a seed in a pot and put it on a east facing window sill. couple of weeks ,bingo. i have one growing across the road ,thats where i got the seed. must be why they have weed potential,very easey to grow from a seed.

Jen Costello
9y ago

Perth, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Brazilian Cherry

I have 1 in Perth --delicious but leave till dark red otherwise too tart. Bumper crop this year-most likely due to the extra rain-anyone know how long they live? Mine is approx 15 yrs and any tips for growing from seed-thanx Cherry Christmas!!

Pauline J
9y ago

Esk, QLD

Brazilian Cherry

I didn't know what I had until I researched the fruit. Yummieee! Now I have two bushes.

Leonie Barber
9y ago

St Kilda, VIC

Brazilian Cherry

Use for jam. Has someone got a jam recipe please? WIn the fifties towering over the backyard lavatory, in Sandgate. Mum made jam from them.

Alice Briggs
9y ago

Ipswich, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

We have a brazillian cherry in our back yard and it's the sec ond year it has fruited we never touch it and it's absolutely covered in fruit.

Marg Budiselik
9y ago

Yanchep, W.A., Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I live 50kms north of Perth, our Brazillian Cherry is 4yrs old and loaded with fruit,we love them, with their slight tart taste. So-- Sandgropers grow them well!!! Procured from Herbs'R'Us

Helen
9y ago

Forster, NSW

Brazilian Cherry

I have a beautiful fruiting Brazilian Cherry tree in Taree (NSW)area. They have delicious somewhat tart fruit and grow easily from seed. I love them straight from the tree but I am going to try making some of them into jam.Very ornamental.

C Ally
10y ago

Brisbane, QLD

Brazilian Cherry

I have one in my backyard and a friend of mine told me that it loves growing near rivers! From now I will be giving it lots of water!!

Julianne Hartmann
10y ago

Ravenshoe, QLD

Brazilian Cherry

Brazillian Cherry Jelly. Take as many cherries as you can, wash and put in a heavy based pan with pulp of 4+ tamarinds. Simmer over low heat until cherries are mushy and separate from the seeds. Strain, measure juice. 3/4 cup sugar to each cup juice. Cook

sandyh1
★★★★ 10y ago

MOUNT ISA, qld, australia

I love the sour taste and the childhood memories it invokes.My uncle had one in his bull paddock at Beenleigh when I was little and we used to climb up and sit in it.

HappyEarth
★★★★ 10y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Very beautiful, low maintenance small shrub with attractive tasty fruits for the kids and adults!  Highly recommended.  Wait to the fruit to turn dark red before eating

Melina
10y ago

Macksville, NSW

Brazilian Cherry

They taste fabulous in salads

DavesCityGarden1
★★★ 10y ago

Erskineville, nsw

Planted this in my walled vegetable garden as a small 30cm plant. It has doubled in height.  It gets sun from October to April and then winter shade until it grows high enough to clear the 2m wall. No flowers yet.

J Pickersgill
10y ago

Q L D , BRIS

Brazilian Cherry

They taste awfull

Maurice Neill
10y ago

Gladstone, QLD

Brazilian Cherry

I find them very moreish- on their own or with cream. Easy to grow, likes good drainage- I always get a good crop

Kate Baker
10y ago

Townsville, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Wow i live in townsville to and have a brazilian cherry tree i rember as a child it being very fruitful but now many years on and a good chop it is at present in the most beautiful blossom and one only fruit! its great to see more in townsville.

fingerlime
★★★★ 10y ago

Broadford, VIC, Australia

still hanging on, and growing some new leavesGrowing still, even after I shifted it to a better spot

David Harris
10y ago

Lower Heyford, OXON

Brazilian Cherry

I have been given a Brazil cherry 10 cm high. can I grow it in the uk indoors? it is very good for diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol depends which leaves you take.

Tabs
★★★ 11y ago

PEAKHURST, NSW

Eugenia uniflora.  Surinam Cherry or Pitanga.  5-7m high.

msjekyll
★★ 11y ago

GORDON, NSW, Australia

Growing happly in a sunny position.First flowering just starting.  likes lots of water.Still growing well but fruits are very few and far betweenLots of growth and more fruit with the very wet weather.  A nice looking plant.  Fruit is very tart.

Lee
★★★★ 11y ago

Keinbah, NSW, Australia

I love the tart acidic fruit, they have the most wonderful shape, like tiny chinese lanterns.

Lorna
11y ago

Albany, WA, Australia

Reluctant producer and grower. Not suited to my garden.

JohnMc1
★★★ 11y ago

WALLARAH, NSW, Australia

Fruit has a very strong turpentine taste. I can't have too many at one time but they are a nice addition to the orchid.

wendyBellbirdPark1
★★★★★ 11y ago

Bellbird Park, QLD, Australia

Grows slow here but once I began fertilizing with chook poo and seaweed and other things we now how dozens of them. The fruit is astringent but cooks up well with sugar that is if my husband doesn't find them and eat them first.

David Corbett
11y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

We have one of these growing in the back yard, very very tasty plump juicey fruit when it is nice dark blood red, shame i didnt notice it fruiting earlier.

Alex Kavanagh
11y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I have a friend who lives next to my house, and she has a brazillian cherry tree hanging over my yard. she told me i can take any that grow on my side. But i want to grow my own So how long does it take normally to fruit.

Carol Helliwell
11y ago

Wauchope, NSW, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I added water and roughly the same quantity of fruit to sugar. cook until it reduces and thickens fairly well. when ready ( saucer test) let the jam cool and blend every thing skin and small seeds ( they soften during the cooking process. bottle

Paola
12y ago

Berry , NSW

Brazilian Cherry

Our five year old Brazilian cherry has only produced one fruit so far, earlier this year, even though the bush is very healthy. Perhaps we are too far south?

Correy
12y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Michael you only need one tree and there is no need to pollinate. I have one in the backyard and it is a prolific fruiter. It is likely to fruit quite young.

Michael Paris
12y ago

Maida Vale, W.A., Australia, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

This is not a tip but several questions. Do you need two of them for pollination? Otherwise,how do you pollinate? How long do you have to wait for fruit?

Kevan Beckett
12y ago

Rockhampton, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Got My first taste straight of a tree growing in rockhampton, absolutly love the fruit

Kelly Kidner
12y ago

Mackay, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

I have two Brazilian Cherry plants thriving in Mackay...and is very boutiful this year.

Vicki
12y ago

Townsville, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

To Alexandra Bennett:- I live in Townsville and in my front yard I have growing what is, so I've been recently told, a Brazillian cherry tree (fruiting at the moment). Approx 14yrs old I believe and very healthy.

My Buick
13y ago

brisbane, QLD, Australia

Brazilian Cherry

Does anyone have a receipe for a jelly using this fruit

Les Garrett
13y ago

Ulverstone, TAS.

Brazilian Cherry

The fruit book called: Discovering Fruit & Nuts by Susanna Lyle.Printed 2006 is one of the best I have seen. Says the Brazilian Cherry has very good levels of vitamins C (45mg /100mg of flesh) and vitamin A (~2600IU0).They also contain thiamine,riboflavin

Rolf
14y ago

Bankstown, NSW, Australia

Brazillian Cherry

Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry '05 : This book says that this tree has very high Vitamin C ! The author has been informed several times that this fruit has normal amounts of Vit.C but they have not corrected the mistake !

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