Capulin Cherry

Prunus serotina

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

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 and preserves. 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.


Specifications of Capulin Cherry

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

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

Plants required to Pollinate 2 compatible plants (Pollination Required)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes, Yes

Amount of leaves in Winter? Some Leaves (Partly Deciduous)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

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

Extra Information

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Capulin Cherry Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

Gino Pisconeri
5y ago

Waroona, 6215, Australia

Capulin Cherry

Prune to keep low if need be have some that are 7+mtrsmake 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

10y ago

Maccrae, Vic. Aus, VIC

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.

★★★ 11y ago

Mulbring, NSW, Australia

set flowers last year but wind blew them off.

★★★ 12y ago


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 ...

Amanda Sunley
12y ago

Geraldton, WA, Australia

Capulin Cherry

I am wondering if they taste any good?

13y ago

Tabulam, NSW, Australia

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.

Michael Barratt
14y ago

San Cristobal, Azuay, EC

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

Johnmichael Dique
14y ago

Kedron , Brisbane, QLD, Australia

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.

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