The Surinam Cherry, also called pitanga, Brazil cherry, and in Hawaii, pumpkin cherry, is a small shub making it an ideal fruit tree for small spaces or backyards and can also be grown as a hedge. The evergreen leaves, are slightly bronze colored when young and about 2 inches x 1/2 to 3/4 inches. The fruit is thin skinned, 7 to 8 ribs, 1.5 inch diameter with 1 to 3 seeds. The fruit is green when young, turning to orange then to a bright red or dark purple-black. The sweet juicy flesh has a refreshing taste and are perfect for making juice or jam and are packed with vitamins especially vitamin C.

Brazilian / Surinam Cherry Tree (Pitanga) 2 years old

  • Growing Environment The Surinam cherry is a tropical cherry that can be grown in tropical or sub-tropical regions but will also do ok in colder climates It can be grown at sea level, although it is intolerant of salt in the soil, and has been found at elevations up to 5000 feet. The plant has a long taproot and can survive periods of drought. It produces fruit in full sun or partial shade. The plant thrives in most soils but produces more fruit in deep loamy soil.