How to Grow Pitangatuba
Plant Type: Fruiting Tree
Harvest Season: Spring, Fall
Mature Size: Up to 10 ft
Soil & Moisture: Adaptable, but will thrive most in rich, well-drained soil with high humidity.
Exposure: Full sun, Part shade
Growing Zones: 9-11 (must be protected in Zone 9)
Tropical Fruit Fanatics, Rejoice
If you ever find yourself wandering through the Atlantic rainforest region of Brazil, as horticultural enthusiasts are wont to do, you may stumble upon one of many shrublike species of the Pitangatuba genus, Eugenia. There are more than 1,000 unique species of the genus Eugenia, primarily found in the Americas. Many Eugenia species are similarly used in food and spices, but each has it's own distinct flavor and appeal. The fun in collecting various Eugenia species comes from sampling the unique fruits.