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Eugenia uniflora/Surinam Cherry


Close-up view of foliage and a few fruit

A single ripe cherry

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Scientific Name: Eugenia uniflora
Common Name: Surinam Cherry
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This cherry is native of Southern Brazil and Guyana. It is a common hedge plant throughout the central and southern parts of Florida and the Florida Keys. The fruit is edible. Fragrant white flowers mature into bright red fruit. The fruit can be quite sweet or sour, depending on the level of ripeness. Darker reds to nearly black are quite sweet. In some tropical climates this small tree to large shrub is listed as invasive, as in Bermuda.