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Eugenia uniflora (Surinam Cherry)

The average plant height is 60 cm

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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Trees
Height:6.00 m
Spread:3.50 m
Flowering time:Spring
Garden uses:Hedging, Living areas, Parks, Pool areas, Screening, Specimen, Walls
Garden styles:Backyard, City & Courtyard, Coastal, Formal, Frontyard, Japanese, Modern
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateMedium

Eugenia uniflora (Surinam Cherry) Details

Commonly known as the Surinam Cherry, this is an interesting shrub grown for its lush foliage and colourful berries. New foliage emerges a bronze colour and ages to become dark green. The somewhat dense foliage is adorned with star-shaped, red fruits during summer. The edible fruits are sweet with a slight bitterness. It typically grows to 6 m tall and 3.5 m wide, but can be trimmed as necessary which also encourages new growth. Best results are achieved when it is planted in full sun on a well-drained site, though it is tolerant of dry periods, moderate frost, and coastal environments once established. Surinam Cherries are commonly used for hedging and screening, planted as a backdrop for smaller plants, grown as a specimen, added to a mixed planting, or maintained in a container. As a potted plant it looks impressive on a patio or around pool and other living areas. All these options and unusual, yet edible fruit!

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