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PANAMA BERRY

Panama BerryBotanical Name: Muntingia calabura
Description

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.

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Height: 40-50cm
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Height: 90-100cm
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Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Tropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)

2-5m

Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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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,

 

Question & Answer

Can it be grown in a pot From:

Yes definitely it can be kept small and contained in a pot and will still fruit quite well. I have had a lot of success doing this myself.

Customer Comments on Panama Berry

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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! | Saskia - Sydney, NSW 10-Feb-2016

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. | Maree King - Balgal Beach, QLD 19-Feb-2017
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Panama Berry (Seedling) 10/10

JOHNB's Edible Fruits
Update: 3601 days 10hrs

Comments: -

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 Panama Berry must be close to the fastest-growing tree  in the world! Planted out of the pot in May 2008 at about 800mm high.  Started flowering in June 2008 a month later had  set first  fruit. Now close to 5 metres (see photo). Has flowered and continued to set fruit since then even during our Brisbane winter season. Four incredibly delicious berries today 12 August 2009.

Drought  proof but a bit frost prone when small. Responds well after light pruning but my previous one died when I pruned too severely. (It was the light fruiter)

The flavour of the berries is what makes this tree so special. But they're only about the size of a large green pea and there are never many on the tree at one time, it is only a light producer. (I was so wrong about that ... see update above)

Do not plant  anywhere where you can't handle a large (4-5 m spread)  tree appearing rather suddenly and intending to stay that way.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2008

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Fruit Harvest: 3 kilograms per Year

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Thrive

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Grasshoppers  appear to be the only pests. 

Birds can be a problem stealing the fruit.


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 10/10

BJ's Edible Fruits
Update: 2859 days 11hrs

Comments: -

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 lollies. There would have to be around 1000 fruits on the tree at all times during the warm months...


Keep tree pruned by cutting off the top half every few months. you dont need much tree to get plenty of fruit!

Fruiting Months January, February, October, November, December

Planted: 2010

Height 2.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 10 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 50% in Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Never


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Panama Berry

Diana's Edible Fruits
Update: 2819 days 8hrs

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Planted in November. Second picture is April. Now 3 x 3 m. Absolutely covered in berries and flowers. The perfume and taste is lovely, and the flowers attract a lot of bees. No fruit fly or any other problems other than having to prune often to keep it in check. Fruits all year, but tails off in winter.

Planted: 2009

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 2 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Correy's Edible Fruits
Update: 402 days 23hrs

Comments: -

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 look prety sick but once spring comes around they green up.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, December

Planted: 2006

Height 1.2 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 400 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Autumn and Spring

Pruned By: 30% in Summer and Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Organic Status:Organic


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Farsideb says... [3720 days 18hrs ago]
Did you really gt 400 kilos of that little tree???
Correy says... [3717 days 15hrs ago]
Ahh thanks for picking that up... Meant to be 400 fruit per year.

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Panama Berry (Seedling) 7/10

HappyEarth's Edible Fruits
Update: 3476 days 21hrs

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

Fruiting Months February, March, April, May, June, July

Planted: 2007

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 60% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

When I Fertilise: Never

Pest Control: None


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Waterfall's Edible Fruits
Update: 1513 days 18hrs

Comments: -

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 picking for maximum sweetness.

The fruit tastes awfull once the weather cools down, this tree is now in the ground and I expect it to really take off this summer.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, September, October, November, December

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control:

Needs protection from birds when fruiting.


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Kath's Edible Fruits
Update: 1326 days 8hrs

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


Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, December

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 6 Years from purchase in pot

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 9/10

Ant751's Edible Fruits
Update: 218 days 21hrs

Comments: -

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 was pruned last year right back to 2 meters this is amazing growth indeed. Mine is getting too big for the area it is in and needs another large prune again. I am very safe in saying this tree is difficult to keep small.


It fruits all year in the subtropics (Brisbane) with little white flowers which turn to green fruit. They turn red when ripe and are a little soft. The taste is sweet and juicy, a bit like grapes in my opinion. You eat the skin just like grapes and bonus the seeds in the flesh are so small they can be eaten as if seedless. Most of mine are also grape size. So they are like seedless grapes....... Presently they are not thick on the tree but there are none the less always some on the tree ready to eat.


Sadly I have discovered a mafor problem with this tree in addition to its impossibilty to keep small. It has HUGE roots! They are extending like 5-10m from the tree and are very close to the surface. Some have even started to grow! See photo evidence. Be VERY CAREFULL where you plant! This tree is ready to rumble and will take over your back yard. Better to grow in a confined space.


I am planning to cut a decent root that is already growing and move it to a pot bag. I think it will happily grow from the root and I will soon have a new tree in a decent sized contained space. I am testing the pot bag idea with some other trees which I want to keep small. Hope it works out for the long term cause I do really want to keep this tree in my garden. I love the fruit.

Fruiting Months January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Planted: 2017

Height 5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pruned By: 60% in After Fruiting

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Urea, Mulch

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting, Yearly, Winter, Spring

Pest Control:

Not needed. Nothing seems to attack the fruit.

Organic Status:Organic


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Potty Bob 1 says... [221 days 18hrs ago]
Btw , Panama berry if full of tiny minuscule seeds , seeds are the slight grit in the berry . Can grow from seeds or cutting ( and runners too ,as you have discovered,).

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Panama Berry (Seedling) 9/10

Paulaf1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3305 days 12hrs

Comments: -

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.

Planted: 2008

Height 3 metres

Growing: In the Ground

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Pollination: No

Organic Status:Partially Organic

Question:

horse manure, compost and mulch.


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Panama Berry (Seedling)

Jenny's Edible Fruits
Update: 2575 days 19hrs

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By all reports very popular with the kids, trialling this in a pot, supposed to be very hardy, loving the sun and not the cold & not needing special care hopefully. Flowering now with a few small fruits on it which is nice!

Planted: 2012

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring


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Panama Berry 7/10

Davewastech's Edible Fruits
Update: 187 days 17hrs

Comments: -

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 warmer weather. It got sick looking and died after two years - in spring. (Clay soil?)

Planted a second one - it's first fruit were this summer 2019. Similar to the first one - hope I can keep this one alive!




Fruiting Months February, March, April, May

Planted: 2013

Height 4 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 2 kilograms per Year

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pruned By: 50% in Autumn and Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Pest Control:

None. No fruit fly (yet)

Organic Status:Partially Organic


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Panama Berry 5/10

Scottyg's Edible Fruits
Update: 3515 days 16hrs

Comments: -

Fruit does taste like arrowroot biscuits

Fruiting Months October, November, December

Planted: 2009

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: When Fruiting and Spring

Pest Control:

Lovely tree. Birds do love them.

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry 9/10

Deb1's Edible Fruits
Update: 3573 days 17hrs

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

Fruiting Months January, February, March, October, November, December

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 1 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: cow manure

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry 9/10

Gilbert's Edible Fruits
Update: 3718 days 10hrs

Comments: -

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

Height 2 metres

Qty: 3

First Fruited: 2 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: No

When I Fertilise: Yearly

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry 10/10

Susan1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1377 days 9hrs

Comments: - 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 tree.  Just as gorgeous.  Only complaint - they are tiny and my tree, while growing fast, is still not big enough to produce enough to satisfy me.

Planted: 2014

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 0.5 Years from purchase in pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Winter

Pollination: Self Pollination

Pest Control: No pests so far except the chickens - they will eat the fruit off the plant as it is still small enough for them to reach


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Panama Berry

Dory's Edible Fruits
Update: 2662 days 8hrs

Comments: -

Fast growing good looking tree. Planted in Sep 2011 and it is nearly 2m tall, but still no fruit. I had one berry so far. Flowers are falling off for some reason. I hope it starts fruiting soon. I read about this tree and decided to grow it for the supposedly abudant fruit.

Fruiting Months February

Planted: 2011

Height 2 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Fruit Harvest: 1 Fruit Per Year

First Fruited: 6 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control:

Grasshoppers are hand picked and fed to chickens.

Organic Status:Organic

Question:

Why are the flowers falling off?


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Panama Berry 10/10

David3's Edible Fruits
Update: 3393 days 9hrs

Comments: -

fast growing and great looking love a big pot

Height 3.5 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: Self Pollination

When I Fertilise: Winter and Spring

Pest Control:

none so far


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Panama Berry (Seedling) 9/10

Fruitful's Edible Fruits
Update: 2473 days 22hrs

Comments: - 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 already it is fruiting. I also read that the Panama Berry is one of the fastest growing trees you can find. 

Planted: 2012

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

First Fruited: 1 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: Dynamic Lifter

Pest Control: No Pests!

Organic Status:Organic


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Panama Berry (Cutting) 10/10

Branny1's Edible Fruits
Update: 483 days 9hrs

Comments: -

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. Can go a few weeks with me forgetting to water it, and still bears beautiful fruit. I'd never tried it before buying it, but it absolutely lived up to its reputation! It is delicious!

If i had to describe the flavour... it's like a lot of people say. Sort of burnt caramel/popcorn. It's most definitely a sweet fruit, but the after taste reminds me of tomato. It's not the least like a tomato or at all acidic like a tomato, though. They're difficult to explain, but super tasty!!

It doesn't get a lot of fertiliser- I just do the compost top up and maybe a bit of whatever else I have once a year while doing some of the other pots, and it is mulched thickly, and underplanted with salvias and parsley. It gets water when I remember, and I move the pot into full sun in the cooler months so I continue to get fruit, and back into part shade in summer. Other than that, sweet fruits all year round! 

Definitely one of my favourites for fuss free pot growing in hot, humid, dry Brisbane!

Planted: 2016

Height 1 metres

Growing: In a Pot

Qty: 1

First Fruited: 3 Months from Purchase in Pot

Sun/Shade: Medium Sun

Water Given in: Spring

Spring


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Panama Berry (Cutting)

Skybow1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1100 days 11hrs

Comments: - Oct 2016- Took a battering in heavy winds for several days after we received and planted it. Hopefully it recovers.

Height 60 Centimetres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 1

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Pollination: No

Fertiliser or Organics Used: worm juice, animal manure

When I Fertilise: Spring

Pest Control: Not needed so far


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