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PlantFiles: Cherry of the Rio Grande, Rio Grande Cherry
Eugenia cerasiflora

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eugenia (yoo-JEE-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: cerasiflora

Synonym:Eugenia aggregata
Synonym:Myrtus aggregata

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
By simple layering
By air layering
By serpentine layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CAT123 On May 27, 2007, CAT123 from Aripeka, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I also looked and went way out of my way to find a cherry for my region and this year, after planting about a 3 to 4 inch plant and 5 or 6 years,that I got from the Aripeka area Rare Fruit counsel I got 7 little Bing Cherries like fruit way closer to the flavor then I thought was possible I was Pleasantly surprise. It has stood tempertures 28- 30 fr for probably 7 or 8 hrs at a time with no damage in a pretected area. My first thought after the first bite why didn"t I buy more of these I wish I had a hedge of them. I plan on Planting as many as I can get cuttings off of mine. I was wondering if they bush out more if you prune them, and when to do it. plus I got about 5seeds I think look good and strong Thank You if anybody can help me Cat

Positive Kameha On Jan 8, 2007, Kameha from Kissimmee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

A wonderful evergreen tree with glossy leaves and peeling bark that produces attractive small white guava-like flowers year-round (at least in central Florida) followed by fruit that tastes just as good as Bing cherries. I had searched long and hard for any cherry tree in Florida that produced fruit that was as sweet and flavorful as Bing cherries (which don't grow here sadly) until finally I bought one of these trees. It's very easy to grow in a pot if you live in zone 8 or above, and I have read that they are cold tolerant to 18 degrees fahrenheit when mature. When growing in a pot make sure to keep the soil adequately moist and in full sun. In my experience it has not been invasive. The Cherry of the Rio Grande is an excellent tropical fruit tree that should be planted more in Florida and other subtropical and tropical regions!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gilbert, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Lafayette, California
Aripeka, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Spring Hill, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Winter Garden, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Harlingen, Texas

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