Similar to grapes, this tropical fruit native to Brazil comes in all forms of colors, sizes, and flavors. So significant to Brazil, the Jaboticaba tree appears on the Brazilian coat of arms, making it a staple to the culture of Brazil.
Jaboticaba Tree Details
The tree the Jaboticaba fruit grows from is a slow-growing evergreen tree. This makes it an excellent tree for your front yard. The tree's height can be controlled if pruned, but it can grow to 15 meters tall if left alone. The leaves start as a pretty light pink salmon color and transform into green leaves as the tree grows.
This tree does well with rich, moist, slightly acidic soil. This tree is tropical but can sustain various temperatures, including mild frosts. Still, if you live in a region that gets below 26 degrees, the Jaboticaba tree will not survive long. Luckily, this tree can be grown in pots because of its fibrous root system.
Jaboticaba Fruit Details
Before the fruit of the Jaboticaba tree sprouts, white cottony flowers grow on the bark of the tree. Once these fuzzy flowers bloom, fruit sprouts in their place. The Jaboticaba fruit begins with a light green color and matures into a dark purple when ready to be picked and consumed. The Jaboticaba tree can flower and sprout fruit 5-6 times a year if treated with care.
The fruit is best consumed fresh because the fermenting process begins quickly, only 3 to 4 days after harvest. Due to this fast fermentation, the fruit is also commonly used in jams, wines, and liquors.
The Jaboticaba tree comes in various styles, each varying slightly from the next. Check out the chart below to find the perfect Jaboticaba tree for you.
Fruit Production Months
Country of Origin
Grown in container
March/April. Tree may flower intermittently all year long.