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Capulin Cherry against hand -By Kikematamitos CC BY-SA 4.0 (Photo Credits)
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

Preferred Climate

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?

Sometimes, Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter?

Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

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Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

4-5 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type

Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

February, March


Customer Comments on Capulin Cherry

Tree Information on growing, planting, pruning, maintenance, ripening, taste, pick or bonsai tips. But mainly how to grow a Capulin Cherry Share Your Review & Advice or ask questions on our Forum

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

Capulin Cherry

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

Capulin Cherry

I am wondering if they taste any good? | Amanda Sunley - Geraldton, WA 05-May-2009

Capulin Cherry

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

Capulin Cherry

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

Capulin Cherry

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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Capulin Cherry (Cutting) 7/10

Amanda19's Edible Fruits
Update: 3491 days 12hrs

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Only planted a few months ago Aug09 - so nothing to report.

Is in the Biolytix zone and also gets Amandas standard treatment of Manure, clay, straw, blood and bone and 10% potash (this actually makes up the mulch for all of my fruiting trees)

July 2010 - this tree grows fast!

Nov 2010: Flowered profusely this spring! Bees don't like it but the bush flies loved it! I have just 6 fruit hanging in there!

Jan 2011: fruit stayed the size of a pea and tasted terrible! :(

Planted: 2009

Height 2.5 metres

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring


Pollination: Self Pollination

Organic Status:Partially Organic

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Capulin Cherry

Zeni's Edible Fruits
Update: 4034 days 14hrs

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This cas just started sprouting again with the increase in temperatures from about mig August.

Planted: 2009

Height 0.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Organic Status:Organic

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Capulin Cherry 6/10

LittleEden1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3776 days 17hrs

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set flowers last year but wind blew them off.

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: manure

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Organic Status:Organic

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