One of the fastest growing fruit trees, but not very long-lived (probably needs to be replaced after about 10 years or so). Seems to thrive on most soils, I have never noticed any real pest/disease problems here in Florida.
To me the fruit tastes like cotton candy.
well according to the Jamaican family next door it is some flavor to behold... and nothing like it!
she and i went to an outdoor market back in feb and found one for 15 dollars and i thought it would be nice to plant between our properties since she has small kids...but we passed and now CAN NOT find one!!!!
we r both still searching!! we will find another soon i hope!
Don't worry about it growing...cause I planted mine in May 2010( in this pic it is about 4-6 inches tall...)
and in the next pic (taken in August 2010) it is 6 feet tall!!!
So when you plant it ...move out of the way or you might get a mouthful of leaves...lol
Mine put on about 10 feet this year since the spring. I am going to cut it down to about 3 feet and wrap it up this winter and hope it will come back from the roots. I have another on in a pot that I take inside. The roots got outside the pot and it shot up in growth about six feet in six weeks. What a funny crazy tree.
I know this is an old thread but thought I'd ask anyway incase anyone still is watching it. I have this tree in a pot and love the berries it produces...I cannot get enough. I wanted to try to grow a few from the seeds. Anyone have any tried and true methods for growing them from the fruit off the tree? I tried squishing a few into soil and watering but nothing. I'm also trying the paper towel method right now so we'll see how that goes. But any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
Thanks Jujubetexas, I never even thought to take cuttings, I will try that today. The one I have in a pot is going crazy also, but I have to beat the squirrels who have finally discovered it. Does yours survive in the ground during winter? I lost the one I had in a pot last year due to the cold from leaving it outside wrapped up. I was just wondering since you said you covered yours up that was in the ground, how did it go?
Well I'm not sure if I should trust Logee's and I don't think the other place had them in stock. I searched for Florida nurseries with high ratings and Plant O Gram has them in 3g containers for 50 bucks :/ not cheap but its a larger specimen and they have good ratings.
Why wouldn't you trust Logees? They're a little more expensive & plants are smaller, but that's true of many mail order places. Maybe there's someone else who offers a size or price you'd like better but I'd definitely say they're trustworthy. I've always had great luck with them and they've got good reviews in Watchdog.
Oh I may have been thinking of another but they still have several for 2011-2012 which sends up a red flag for me.
Anyway, plant o gram only has 6 reviews so that could be why but they are all positive and people said the plants are large and healthy. It did say it was a 3 gallon size plant so thats the same as pine island nursery.
I just got my plants in today, a strawberry tree (jamaica cherry or Muntingia Calabura) and a free surinam cherry. Both were 5 feet tall and healthy. I have seen better plants (Got a cherry of the rio grande from pine island nursery last year that was very healthy and fully branched) these trees were still healthy and quite a bit taller though so I guess it depends on your preference.