Botanical Name: Prunus serotina
This tree closely resembles other stone fruit species. The white fragrant flowers are followed by deep-maroon to purple cherry like fruit 1-2cm with a green flesh. The sweet flavour becomes slightly bitter near the skin. The fruit is delicious eaten fresh, made into jams, preserves or wine. If you are in a warmer climate without the pleasure of growing real cherries it's worth planting a Capulin. Fruit size is small in comparison, but you just have to eat more. Very fast growing, seedling trees begin to produce fruits within three years. For unknown reasons trees with pale grey bark produce larger fruits than those with darker bark. They will perform best if grown in full sun, they do not tolerate strong winds or too much salt. Fruits can be eaten fresh or used in desserts, preserves and jams. They can be mixed with milk or served with vanilla and cinnamon as a tasty sweet. Birds are attracted to the fruits but are less of a problem than they are with normal cherries, trees can be pruned to keep them shorter making them easier to net and the fruits easier to reach.
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Plant Information or Specifications
Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)
Plants required to Pollinate
2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)
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Can it Handle Frosts?
Amount of leaves in Winter?
Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)
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Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest
Sun or Shade
Preferred Soil Type
Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage
Customer Comments on Capulin Cherry
Prune to keep low if need be have some that are 7+mtrs make wine jam and preserve eaten fresh off the tree is best can get woody keep clean all mine are from seed great mulch smells great | Gino Pisconeri - Waroona, 6215 27-Sep-2016
Got a 3 yr old one just producing fruit now. They font taste very nice but most of my now-tasty fruit trees tasted a bit weird in their first year. Grows fast. | Andy - Maccrae, Vic. Aus, VIC 29-Jan-2011
Ive seen them grow incredibly fast even in limestone soils at 40 degrees C in Esperance WA, or in clayish/gravel soils in Nannup. However ive lost 2 so far here in teh east, i believe due to poor drainage. im trying again with some seedlings. | Reville - Tabulam, NSW 08-Jul-2008
Recently purchased a home and proprty just outside Cuenca, Ecuador. Has a couple of old Capulin trees. After a little research, I'm very glad to know they are so easy to propagate. We go back south soon; I'm anxious to get a few more capulin trees started | Michael Barratt - San Cristobal, Azuay, EC 04-Oct-2007
Possibly the most propogated thing in the world, grows in brisbane hilltop shade, just take a branch cutting, doesn't have to be a tip , put into potting mix, perhaps 80 % success and survival rate. Grows 3m per year, Especially if watered or stormed on. | Johnmichael Dique - Kedron , Brisbane, QLD 22-Feb-2007
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