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The Jaboticaba (Myrciaria cauliflora) is a slow growing, striking ornamental tree. It originates from South America. It is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and north east Argentina.

There are many varieties of jaboticaba. The most frequently grown varieties are Sabara, Paulista, Rajada, Branca, Ponhema and Rujada.


Location and Soil

The tree is fine for a suburban garden.

Jaboticaba tree
Jaboticaba tree

Jaboticaba grows well from latitude 32 to 16 degrees south. You can find it at up to 1000m above sea level. It prefers mean annual temperatures of 22-26°C, but will survive cooler temperatures. Heavy rain can cause it to shed leaves, but it does survive water-logging.


How to Grow Jaboticaba from seed.

  1. Scoop out seeds and soak them.

    Scoop out the seeds and soak them in a bowl of water for a day. Stir a few times to separate the seeds from the pulp.

  2. Rinse seeds

    Rinse using a strainer to remove remaining pulp from seeds (you may have to do this a few times).

  3. Sow Seeds

    Sow 3 or 4 jaboticaba seeds in each pot. Space the seeds 3cm apart on the surface of the potting mix. Press seeds onto the potting mix and cover them with a 30mm layer of sand.

  4. Water and Wait

    Water in with a misty spray. Then water regularly and leave pot in partial sun.

  5. Germination

    Germination should occur after about a month.

  6. Thin out

    If more than one of your seeds has germinated, thin them out, leaving the strongest.

  7. Transplant

    After another month or two transplant in to a full sun location We like to do this after the first downpour of the wet season.

  8. Wait … and wait more

    The tree is often grown from seed. However, it is slow growing and may take 6-8 years from seed to when it starts fruiting.

Can you grow Jaboticaba trees from cuttings?

Yes, you can. While Jaboticaba are mostly propagated from seeds, grafting, root cuttings, air layering are successful as well.

Growing from Cuttings



The tree can grow up to 12 metres in height. However, pruning can make it work in your garden. It is sometimes pruned into a hedge.

Growing in a pot

This tree has a fairly shallow root system. It will require watering regularly during the ‘dry season’.

Pests and Diseases

This tree is very resistant to pests due to the leathery skin of the fruit. This protects it from insects. However, when the tree does fruit, you may have some competition from the nearby bird population.

Eating the Fruit

The fruit is often eaten straight off the tree. However, it is also often used for making jelly, jams and marmalade.

The tree mainly fruits in autumn. However, they can have multiple fruiting times throughout the year (especially when trees are well fed and watered).

Health Benefits

Weight Loss

The fruit is a healthy snack that can help with weight loss. It is low in calories and carbohydrate but packed with vitamins, minerals and protein. A good weight loss combination.


The fruit is very high in fibre, with 0.08 milligrams of fibre per 100 edible grams. This fibre helps to increase the absorption of water in the intestine facilitating the formation and elimination of stools.

Immune System

The fruit is high in zinc, an essential mineral in the production of defence cells of the body. As a result, the consumption of jabuticaba helps strengthen the immune system.


Jaboticaba contains antioxidants such as anthocyanins, which are known to combat free radicals, helping to avoid the deterioration of cells.

Jaboticaba are rich in antioxidants.


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