I’m obsessed with the idea of growing jaboticaba in Florida.
Take a look at this jaboticaba tree growing in Boca Raton:
I was in Boca Raton a few weeks ago with my friend JJ and got to see this mature jabuticaba in the backyard of his friend’s house.
Not only did I get to see it… I got to try the fruit. Amazing. Like grape cotton candy.
See how the flowers bloom right out of the trunk? This one was starting a new bloom cycle but still held a few fruits from its previous fruiting. That’s not surprising, considering they will bear fruit 5-6 times a year.
When I see a tree like this… I’m blown away by God’s creativity. Phenomenal work, Creator. I’m totally impressed.
If you live south of Orlando or so, you need to grow this tree. I have little one in a pot I’m hoping will do okay… but in the ground would be better.
Please… go get one if you live someplace warm. Tell me about it. Let me live vicariously through your experience.
Find out more about jabuticaba trees.
I had to actually Google more pictures of the tree's fruit because it looks so incredible! I've never seen anything like it before. I live in Lakeland so I doubt it's warm enough to grow one, but I'm going to have to do a little more research now.
You could grow one there. They'll take temperatures down into the mid-20s if they're big enough.
I used to live in Frostproof and saw mangoes and tropical guavas growing there without dying. It really depends on what kind of a microclimate you can create.
Elizabeth, if you are still around and see this post I am in Lakeland also. I wonder if we could trade edible plants from time to time? I am Ned Acres on facebook.
Quick follow up. Not sure if you follow Grower Jim – but here's a link to his blog. He grows these trees here in central FL.
I actually linked to that in my 4th sentence of this post. Grower Jim drops by here on occasion… and I've spent more than my fair share of time on his site as well. He's a wealth of information.
Thanks for the link David! My tree is loaded with fruit right now.
Good luck with your little one, and in a few years you'll probably be picking your own fresh fruit!
I met a guy today at the FL Museum of Natural History's Butterfly Plant Sale. He has 150 different edibles and is obsessed with the unusual. He mentioned he has jabuticaba, Mandarin melon berry, gin berry, dragonfruit, Mysore blackberry, goumi berry, quince, and Tea Carolina something – camellia? And this is in North Central Florida! I turned him on to your website!
I know this post is a couple of years old, but I was wondering if you could direct me to where I can buy a Jaboticaba tree. I live in Melbourne FL and heard there is a place in Orlando that sells it but I can’t find it.
They sell them at Spyke’s Grove in Davie, Florida. Also at ECHO in Ft. Myers. I’m sure there are more in your area, too. Good luck.
Lukas Nursery in Oviedo sells them. I wasn’t just there last week and they had a bunch.
Hi Aline. I saw some at Rockledge Gardens in May 2017. Think I might get one, but fear my Cocoa Beach soil is too sandy. But I’ll try!
You think they can grown in Boston
Only if you keep them in a pot – they can’t take the cold.
Hi my name is Eder. I live in Orlando . I have a 4 year old , 4 feet jabuticaba sabara tree. I’d like to know if anyone knows where to buy a mature tree .
Just purchased a small one from this nursery, based at someone’s house, the gardens are amazing ..17229 E. Phil C Peters Rd., aka. CR 378, Winter Garden, Fl. they have mature trees as well, and lots of other tropical fruits, gingers, bamboos. We drove from New Smyrna Beach to visit them. Amazing place and really nice people who obviously love their plants.
Green Jungle Nursery on Goldenrod in Orlando has jaboticaba – I bought one yesterday Feb. 2020). http://greenjunglenursery.net
He has several sizes, I got smaller one in a 3 gallon of so lot for $35. I did not ask how much the bigger ones were. He had loads of fruit trees, many for the same price – mangoes, avocados, persimons, and many others including rarer tropicals. I also got a possum purple passion fruit that was on sale.
Great resource – thank you, Robert.
We just bought a jaboticoba from a nursery in How-in-the-Hills. We live in St Cloud and was wondering ground or pot? It’s about 3 years old. Reading your books and you say most things are better in the ground but you planted your Jaboticoba in a pot. I’m not sure what to do.