Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia involucrata)

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Cherry of the Rio Grande, also known as Big River Cherry is a rare, beautiful tropical fruit tree native to Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.  It is a rare and unique Eugenia related to Surinam Cherry, Pitanga, Grumichama and Pitomba.  Despite being a tropical plant, the Cherry of the Rio Grande is quite drought tolerant and mature trees will withstand a frost. 

The oblong fruits emerge just weeks after flowering with a pale pink to red skin and mature to a dark red-wine and almost purple-black color. It has a bold, sweet flavor and can be described as a combination of cherry and plum, and some even say hints of banana.  It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and high amounts of vitamins A and C, B-complex vitamins, as well as a small amount of iron, magnesium and potassium.

Plant Type:
Tropical/Subtropical Perennial Evergreen Fruit Tree/Fruiting Shrub

Harvest Season:
Spring, Summer, depending on variety

Mature Size:
 6-25 ft tall, depending on variety

Soil & Moisture:
Likes moist, rich well-draining soil. 

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile:
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 9-12 with frost protection until established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Small/Medium Pot Sizes: Grown from seed or tissue culture and will be mature enough to potentially fruit within 2-3 years.
Large Pot Size: Grown from seed or tissue culture and capable to produce within 1 year. 

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