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Jamaican cherry (Muntingia calabura)

 
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:52 am    Post subject: Jamaican cherry (Muntingia calabura) Reply with quote

Also know as strawberry tree. I was able to pick one up last month and it's flowering like mad and starting to set fruit.

Has anyone tasted the fruit? The info on the internet says it tastes like cotton candy. Can't wait for the fruit to get ripe.

Picture is not of my tree but mine looks just like it with little green fruits on it.



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Dauntless



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:07 am    Post subject: Strawberry tree Reply with quote

At first I had this confused with a Arbutus unedo which is also called Strawberry Tree, but after reading about the one that you have, it sounds far better.

Please keep us updated. If that fruit tastes like cotton candy, I will have to get one.
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phoenixtropicals
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting. Its hard to find anything specific about its frost tolerance beyond "tropical to near tropical". Keep us informed. I wonder how it will handle winter. Very Happy
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fruit didn't ripen, when it got hot in June they just started to fall off. I did try a few that fell off they had a hint of cotton candy flavor but the green cooked flavor overpowered it. The good news it that it's growing very well and still producing flowers maybe this fall the fruit will be able to ripen.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting. Keep us informed. Very Happy
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well with the weather change the tree is ripening fruit and they do taste like cotton candy.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Cotton candy. Sounds like they are almost too sweet.
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They have the flavor of cotton candy but they are not as sweet like cotton candy but still sweet but sweet like fruit not sugar.
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myamberdog



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2014 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...yeah, they look glossy beautiful AND tasty...what an unusual
fruit....guess the world is full of them! Cotton candy....very
pillowie sounding.......

Good work, Bkaus......MDoggie Laughing
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raimeiken



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how did you tree do in the winter? And was your tree planted in full sun?
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tree froze out during the first winter. It was in the greenhouse and the heater failed one night and it died at 28dec.
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raimeiken



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

potted I'm assuming?

I got one and planted it in a southwest exposure close to the wall of my house. We'll see if it'll make it this winter.
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Bkaus



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, it was in a pot.
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