Eugenia uniflora
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Eugenia uniflora

Surinam cherry
Brazilian cherry
pitanga cherry

  family myrtaceae 
  genus eugenia 

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Genus  Eugenia Species  uniflora Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Surinam cherry   Brazilian cherry   pitanga cherry Family  MYRTACEAE Specimen number  S9261 Data source  GrUnFr p54-56;Frgnt p337
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 10a-11 AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Eugenia uniflora have a mild sweet perfume. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 30� Fahrenheit.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is reddish black skinned, eight ribbed, with two hemispherical seeds and soft juicy flesh. It has a slightly acidic taste. Eugenia uniflora if frequently used in jelly. Surinam cherry (sometimes called Brazilian cherry and pitanga cherry) is a good source for the production of wine. This plant is most frequently used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jelly   Wine Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts reddish black skinned, eight ribbed, with two hemispherical seeds and soft juicy flesh Flavor / texture  has a slightly acidic taste
Horticulture notes  Eugenia uniflora is self fertile. Surinam cherry (in some places called Brazilian cherry and pitanga cherry) is a native plant in the natural environment and is thought to originate from Brazil.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Eugenia uniflora is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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