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PlantFiles: Capulin Cherry, Singapore Cherry, Tropic Cherry
Prunus salicifolia

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: salicifolia (sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

5 members have or want this plant for trade.


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jujubetexas On Mar 25, 2011, jujubetexas from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

It took down to 16F with leaf damage but no limb damage at all here in San Marcos, TX.

Positive Chamma On Apr 15, 2003, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a fast growing plant in Subtropical climates. It can be frost tolerant withstanding 19F temps but with some damage to smaller branches. Capulin Cherries do not require cool weather to bear fruits and are not recommended for container growing.
The tree is umbrella shape and is very fast grwoing. In mild areas this tree does not shed its leaves in winter. The flowers appear in spring and are slightly fragrant. Each flower is about 3/4" wide with white petals and a very conspicuous tuft of stamens. As many as 20 fruits can be produced on each raceme. The fruits ripened here in the UAE in April. The fruits are 1/2 inch wide and are a dark maroon in color. The fruits taste much like wild cherries. The trees will produce fruits 2-3 years after planting.

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