Panama BerryMuntingia calabura
Panama Berry Tiny vesicle and edible seeds that pop out when you squeeze the ripened fruit. Deliciously eaten straight from the tree and a favourite with the kids
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Specifications of Panama Berry
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? Likes Temps above 5deg
Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)
Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA
Suitability in Pots Yes
Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Customer Tips & Reviews Panama Berry
Loves a lot of water and nutrient hungry. I give it worm castings, potash, blood and bone and plenty of water when it's not raining in Brisbane. Never had issues with disease or pests. Sitting nicely at 4m now only after 2 years. Evergreen and fruits all
A beautiful tree, now 4 years old. Fruited within 18 months. Has very flavoursome berries for most of the year and never gets watered. In summer the skin is edible, but in winter it's a bit tough. No pests or diseases.
Water well until established, stake in soft/sandy soils as it catches the wind in wild weather. Very decorative tree, doesn't seem to attract fruit flies and the fruits are delicious. I've just planted my third tree and will try germinating seeds
red berries disappear as fast as they appear, the birds must love them. If you pick them just as they arebeginning to change from gree they will ripen indoors in 24 hours
My tree's been in the ground just under a year. Gone from 60cm to over 2m in that time, and 3 dozen berries. Very happy with this tree, can't wait to try my first ripe berry
CABOOLTURE SOUTH, QLD, Australia
This has to be the fastest growing tree in the world. Wow it just took off like a rocket. As can be seen in these photos mine is around 4-5 meters and I can see it wants to grow more. Proably will end up like 7m tall. Since it is only 14 months old and...
WOOLLOONGABBA, QLD, Australia
Make sure you spit out the skin as it can be a bit bitter the seeds inside are very sweet. They do like a lot of water when they are fruiting I think. If you are growing them in a pot them make sure that you keep the water up to them.During Winter they...
KOONGAL, QLD, Australia
I only planted this tree in a lrage pot a couple of months ago and it is growing like mad! Long branches and weeping foliage makes this a very attractive tree. It easily grows a few inches every week at this point. The tree doesn't seem to mind frequen...
Wonderful tree for shade and attracting tropical birds and also the tiny mistletoe bird need to be careful of roots invading into in wanted areas the tip there is to cut the roots through and remove them as they will strike from root cuttings.
RUNCORN, QLD, Australia
Gosh I love this plant. My pots all go through some unintentional neglect at some stage, so things have got to be able to stand some tough love occasionally. Other than prefering to be in partial shade through summer, this one is easy and fuss free. Ca...
CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia
My favourite browsing tree. Fast growing, beautiful wide canopy makes it a great shade treefor warm frost free spots.
Extremely fast growing & fruits prolifically if well manured. Mine is 2.5 yrs old or so and I have been picking kg and kg of the berries in the last few weeks. My children don't like them (very sweet) so more for me to enjoy, I love them!
WATERFALL, NSW, Australia
Grows very fast, gets lots of fruits which taste like caramel popcorn. Looks a bit sad in the Sydney winter but takes off again in spring, needs plenty of water. Still producing fruit at the end of autumn, wait until they are slightly squishy before pi...
WILLOUGHBY EAST, NSW
Extraordinary fast growing (3m/year in Sydney), attractive tree. Fruit are pleasant, very sweet and juicy. The leaves are soft and easily damaged by wind, so the tree can look a bit scruffy towards the end of winter until the new growth starts with war...
MANLY WEST, QLD, Australia
I've only ever had 2 berries, one from a friend at work who bought one in for me to try. That convinced me that I HAD to have this tree in my yard. The most beautiful tasting berry - sort of like caramel. The second one I just ate off my little t...
I don't think this is weedy, as seeds do not readily germinate although the fruit are everywhere under the tree. This tree is a very good bee attractant and has a lovely scent.
The leaves on this tree is also sweet and I seriously doubt it wouls servive a day outside our orchard as the cattle would eat it to the ground. A pest problem in your garden? Sounds like bull excretment to me! Grow to have 12 inch girth in phillipines.
Dayboro, QLD, Australia
Seemed very susceptible to dry conditions - even in spring when it wasnt extremely hot.
CARINDALE, QLD, Australia
Moved to new location, water hungry, not watered sufficiently.
Mine died on a horrible death, during a sub-zero icy winter on West Coast Tasmania.
I do love to eat this berries every morning before I go to work.even my dog goes crazy eating this and he even knows how to pick one,,,love it ^^
I think the fruit tastes like cotton candy! My dogs love to eat the tasty fruits as well. We all make a beeline to the two small trees I have every afternoon to look for ripe fruit.
Apparently this tree fruits for most of the year and after hearing the berries taste like caramel - well I bought 2! It is also a great shade tree with an umbrella style shape when mature. The leaves are soft and velvety and after planting it 3mths ago...
Miranda, NSW, Australia
Read about this at Happy Earth & has good reviews from Daleys customers. In a bonsai bag
Delicious.. commonly seen in philippines.. f@kinly delicious.. mmmmm
Lovely lolly tree, fruits are very sweet and the kids love them, so does the dog :)
We can see a lot of this cherrys in Cochin, in parks, house plots waste lands. Now this cherrys giving food for the birds in Cochin, because Cochi is being a concrete jungle.
Indian Rocks Beachs, FL
Doing Great in Florida, mine grew 30 feet in a year at the base of my biological water filter
Keperra, QLD, Australia
This is among my favourite trees. Fastest growing fruit tree I've ever seen, most prolific fruiting fruit tree I've ever seen, easiest care fruit tree. The fruit are lovely little fruits - tasting a bit like caramel corn or the popcorn jelly belly loll...
Unanderra, NSW, Australia
Fastest growing tree ever planted! Tasty little fruits that the kids will love.
I have worked on Christmas Island where this species is a serious weed, colonises disturbed areas and restricts native species recruitment. I have also noticed an increase in the species growing in the wild about Cairns.
Greenbank, QLD, Australia
Lolly tree is a great description. Very easy to grow and pretty.
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Update December 2009 Forget my comment (last August) about the Panama berry being a "light fruiter". This summer despite the drought it is loaded with hundreds and hundreds of delicious red berries. This tree could solve the World food shortage!The P...
Noble Park, VIC
Mine died during winter.
The plant is very easy to propergate under a 400w grow light berrys taste like fairy floss
Worongary, QLD, Australia
I love this tree!!!! It is so easy to look after, and the birds and insects seem to leave the fruit alone, as it seems to hang below the leaves, and is quite hard to see. It's a shame that the fruit are so small as they are so sweet and yummy.
Dear Rosa, if interested look me up, we can discuss this on email. I dont know of any naturalised specimens in the subtropics though. regards Kri
The leaves from panama berry can also used for cough medicine! We just have to clean the leaves first, soaked it on water and boiled it. The excess water from the leaves is the one we drink three times a day to cure if we are coughing.
Is it able to grow in melbourne? i'm just worried it's low frost tolerant
The panama berry is not listed on the DPI's list of weeds. Also a search of the DPI site and the EPA site (which runs queensland herbarium) shows up nothing. Panama Berry was absent from a government list of hundreds of "potential" weeds.
This berries are called cherry (malay spelling - ceri) in Malaysia Children obsessed with this fruit. Always pluck / picking falling fruits from the ground. They'll eat it
We know this tree as a Capulin. We think it's like eating sugar cubes. Dies at temps below -2C. Short lived around 10yrs.
Muntingia calabura is recognised by the Queensland Herbarium as a weed, there are 4 collections from the Wet Tropics and one collection from the Mackay region. If it is 'the fastest growing tree in the world' then I would be cautious about planting it.
If your looking for a fast growing, attractive shade tree that you can snack from... then dont look no further than the panama berry.
My philippine culture tells me that eating the fruit is good for diebetes cure
Tghis beautiful tree will even successfully grow and fruit in the harsh climate of Western Queensland!!!
This is a lolly tree, I think the fruits taste like vanilla ice cream. None of my fruit ever make it inside, they are all eaten in the shade of the tree.