Panama Berry

Muntingia 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

A highly ornamental tree that bears small red berries within its first year. Blossoming and producing all year round, the flowers are white and followed by small red fruit that is sweet with the taste of caramel. The trees are exceptionally attractive with long spreading branches that often droop down to the ground and soft weeping foliage. Trees are very fast growing and drought hardy once established. They can grow 5-10m in ideal conditions but respond well to being cut back so it is possible to keep them smaller than this making it easier to browse on the tempting little fruits. Panama berries will happily grow and fruit in large containers provided they have a good quality mix and a healthy layer of organic mulch to hold the moisture in. It is the ideal backyard tree if you have children as it is a lovely little shade tree as well as producing tempting little sweet treats. Used fresh or in jams.Weed Warning: Panama Berry is regarded as an environmental weed in northern Queensland and on Christmas Island.
Other Names: Jamaica cherry, Strawberry Tree, Calabur, Singapore Cherry

$17.75 ($17.75-$49.00 choose a size)

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

Panama Berry Reviews & Tips

Star Rating

★★★★★ 1months ago

Kedron, Queensland, Australia

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

Maria R
★★★★★ 4months ago

Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

★★★★★ 9months ago

Moreton Bay, QLD, Australia, Australia

Panama Berry

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

1y ago


Panama Berry

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

Alfred P
2y ago

Beerwah, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

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

★★★★ 2y ago


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...

★★★★★ 3y ago


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...

★★★★★ 3y ago

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...

Maree King
4y ago

Balgal Beach, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

★★★★★ 5y ago

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...

★★★★★ 5y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

 My favourite browsing tree. Fast growing, beautiful wide canopy makes it a great shade treefor warm frost free spots.

5y ago

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Panama Berry

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!

★★★★★ 6y ago


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...

★★★ 6y ago


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...

★★★★★ 7y ago

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...

8y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

Russell Drinkwater
8y ago

Eidsvold, QLD, Australia, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

8y ago

Dayboro, QLD, Australia

Seemed very susceptible to dry conditions - even in spring when it wasnt extremely hot. 

★★★★ 8y ago


Moved to new location, water hungry,  not watered sufficiently. 

8y ago

Queenstown, TAS., Australia, Australia

Panama Berry

Mine died on a horrible death, during a sub-zero icy winter on West Coast Tasmania.

Elaine Ronquillo
8y ago

Floridablanca,pampanga, CNDA

Panama Berry

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 ^^

Mary Collins
8y ago

Homestead, FL

Panama Berry

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.

★★★★ 9y ago


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...

★★★★★ 10y ago

Miranda, NSW, Australia

Read about this at Happy Earth & has good reviews from Daleys customers. In a bonsai bag

Jom Jass
10y ago

Lagunah, MANSF

Panama Berry

Delicious.. commonly seen in philippines.. f@kinly delicious.. mmmmm

David O'bryan
10y ago

Mansfield, QLD

Panama Berry

Lovely lolly tree, fruits are very sweet and the kids love them, so does the dog :)

10y ago

Ernakulam, KERAL

Panama Berry

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.

Rod Baker
11y ago

Indian Rocks Beachs, FL

Panama Berry

Doing Great in Florida, mine grew 30 feet in a year at the base of my biological water filter

★★★★★ 11y ago

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...

★★★★★ 11y ago

Blackwater, QLD, Australia

fast growing and great looking love a big pot

★★★ 11y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Fastest growing tree ever planted!  Tasty little fruits that the kids will love.

Andrew Small
11y ago

Cairns, QLD

Panama Berry

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.

★★ 11y ago

Woongarra, QLD, Australia

Fruit does taste like arrowroot biscuits

★★★★ 12y ago

Greenbank, QLD, Australia

Lolly tree is a great description. Very easy to grow and pretty.

★★★★★ 12y ago

, , Australia

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...

12y ago

Noble Park, VIC

Panama Berry

Mine died during winter.

My Nursery
12y ago

Maryborough, QLD

Panama Berry

The plant is very easy to propergate under a 400w grow light berrys taste like fairy floss

★★★★ 12y ago

Doonan, QLD, Australia

Beautiful fruit - if the birds don't get it before me!!

★★★★ 12y ago

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.

Kristopher Kupsch
12y ago

Burringbar, NSW, Australia

Panama Berry

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

12y ago

Jakarta, IND

Panama Berry

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.

Tara Emmerson
13y ago

Vermont South, VIC, Australia

Panama Berry

Is it able to grow in melbourne? i'm just worried it's low frost tolerant

Rosa Long
13y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

Jenkins Peterson
13y ago

Selangor, MAL

Panama Berry

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

Edward Jenkins
13y ago

Mount Morgan, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

We know this tree as a Capulin. We think it's like eating sugar cubes. Dies at temps below -2C. Short lived around 10yrs.

Kris Kupsch
14y ago

Malanda, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

Richard Walter
15y ago

Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Panama Berry

If your looking for a fast growing, attractive shade tree that you can snack from... then dont look no further than the panama berry.

Jocelyn Layacan Oldfield
15y ago

Cairns, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

My philippine culture tells me that eating the fruit is good for diebetes cure

Robyn Wing
15y ago

Mareeba, QLD, Australia

Panama Berry

Tghis beautiful tree will even successfully grow and fruit in the harsh climate of Western Queensland!!!

Kathryn Kermode
15y ago

Cawongla, NSW, Australia

Panama Berry

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.

16y ago

Bankstown 2200, NSW, Australia

Panama Berry

This fruit tastes the same as Milk Arrowroot biscuits.

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