Surinam Cherry - Pitanga
(eugenia uniflora)

Surinam Cherry Pitanga

Surinam Cherry and Pitanga Information

The Surinam cherry is from Brazil where it is known as Pitanga. It likes full sun in Southern California, and once established there it usually is fairly drought tolerant and also can withstand several degrees below freezing with little effect.

The Surinam cherry is an evergreen shrub or small tree which commonly grows to about 15 feet in California. It is not a true cherry. As the tree grows, the bark peels off showing the trunk underneath. In California, the Surinam cherry is early flowering in spring with fruits typically ripening in June. Quite often the Surinam cherry will flower and fruit again in the fall here in California. The flowers are white and quite showy. The fruit is ribbed, something like a minatuture pumpkin, and can be either bright red or dark puple when ripe depending on the variety. The bright red pitangas are popularly known as chomba Pitangas. The fruit is produced soon after flowering. The fruit are highly prized fresh and also as jellies, jams or juices. The fruits also freeze quite well, so they can be picked at maturity and frozen for later use. The Surinam cherry is usually propagated by seed as grafting has a low success rate, and seedlings usually take 3 to 4 years to begin producing fruit.

Growing Surinam Cherry and Pitanga in California

Cherries of the Rio Grande are easy to grow, requiring very little maintenance for the growth of healthy, productive plants. Fruit size and quality depends mostly on adequate water supply at the time of fruit development. The plants should be watered regularly, but especially during bloom and fruit development. The cherry of the Rio Grande has fairly good drought tolerance. The cherry of the Rio Grande requires very little pruning just enough to keep an attractive shape.

Purchasing Surinam Cherry and Pitanga Plants

We offer Surinam Cherry plants for sale in a variety of sizes ranging from 4 to 15 years old, available in red chombas and purple pitangas.


medjool Date Palm, 18 Feet tall

Date Palms & Tree Ripened Fruit

We have date palms available in all sizes, including male date palms for pollination and for landscaping, and female medjool date palms for date production.

We also have zahidi date palm offshoots available.

Our fresh picked medjool date program has been a huge success!

At certain times of year, we can ship orders for organically grown freshly picked medjool dates, as well as other date varieties and also organically grown mesquite seed pods. We also occasionally have a variety of other rare and exotic fruits that were grown organically and allowed to fully ripen on the tree.

Our fresh medjool dates are available in September-October each year.


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Last Updated: July 20, 2012
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