Cherry of the Rio Grande (Eugenia involucrata)

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
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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


Growth Rate:
Fast, Medium

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

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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Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 6 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 5 Total 4 star reviews: 0 Total 3 star reviews: 1 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
83%would recommend this product
6 reviews
  • GG
    Greg G.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Rio grande cherry

    Plant doing great

  • MB
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    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Cherry of the Rio Grande

    Smaller than I would have liked, but is came healthy and in good shape. I've since learned that it probably isn't best for AZ, but I'm going to see if I can make it into an inside plant.

  • S
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Healthy and vibrant

    I ordered this tree in the extra large size and it arrived looking very healthy. It even had blossoms on it already! I'm very satisfied and will order from them again

  • J
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    XL Very Nice

    This was the third plant I. My order, been hunting one for a while since the one I brought with me dies when I put it in the ground, that was a very healthy plant so was sad. After searching order from here and glad I did, this is a slightly different variety but still arrived about 4 ft tall central stem with several low stems, instead of training as a tree like my other will let this one bush which seems to match this particular variety. Very happy with purchase since I am in Palm Bay FL and last time to get one of these I had to go to Homestead FL.

  • JW
    Julia W.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago

    I was hesitant to buy fruit trees that would be shipped but everything arrived in terrific condition! The way they secure the fruit trees for shipping is pretty amazing. I would not hesitate to buy from them again

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