Brazilian Cherry or Grumichama, Eugenia brasiliensis

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Brazilian Cherry or GrumichamaEugenia brasiliensis  


Doug Caldwell, University of Florida,  

Collier County  Extension, Commercial Landscape Horticulture 


Cherries in Florida? 


This is one fruit tree that should be seen more often! It is a lovely evergreen ornamental 

with its shiny dark green leaves and striking white flowers in mid-March. The white 

flowers have about 100 white stamens with yellowish anthers. The new growth is an 

attractive rosy-burgundy red. The fruit tastes like a Bing cherry. The seed is larger than 

a Bing cherry, which means that you just have to eat more grumichama fruit! Some 

people object to the little green sepals that remain on the fruit, but I say it is just like a 

little lettuce and enjoy! These trees can grow to 25 or 35 feet, but can be kept pruned to 

pickable ten or twelve feet. The trees will reflower so that you will have fruit several 

times during the year, although the first crop is the largest. The tree is from sub-tropical 

areas of Brazil, but is reported to survive temperatures of 26º F and produces more fruit 

if the winter is a little chilly. The fruit keeps well frozen. Fruit flies and birds may 

compete for the harvest. This is one fruit you must try if you like cherries! For more info 



This would also be a good choice to have in your yard in case citrus canker quarantines 

result in removal of your citrus fruit trees. 



For more information on home gardening, contact the University of Florida, Collier County Cooperative 

Extension Service, Master Gardener Plant Clinic, at 353-2872. If you have a specimen that you want 

identified, the Extension Plant Clinic at 14700 Immokalee Rd. is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 

a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., call 353-2872. Extension programs are open to all persons without 

regard to race, color, creed, sex, handicap or national origin. For updates on southwest Florida 

Horticulture and more landscape information visit: 


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