United States Edition

Surinam cherry   

Eugenia uniflora

Surinam cherry is part of the Eugenia genus and its scientific name is Eugenia uniflora.

Foliage: containing citronella, cineole, terpenine, sesquiterpenes and others.
*Fruits:": Contain Vitamin C it has also calcium and phosphorus, iron, vitamin A, riboflavinine, niacine
Medicinal Uses:Decoctation of leaves for Colds

In the Eugenia family the Surinam Cherry is a great plant for hedges and is edible too.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Antique white. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Candy apple red. It is a flowering edible fruit and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year. Surinam cherry is known for growing to a height of approximately 24.38 feet (that's 7.50 metres in metric) with a tree habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid spring, followed by first harvests in late spring.

Brazil is believed to be where Surinam cherry originates from.

This plant tends to need a moderate amount of maintenance, so ensuring that you are aware of the soil, sun, ph and water requirements for Surinam cherry is quite important to ensure you have a happy and healthy plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Surinam cherry have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Surinam cherry

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Can be grown in pots

Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Use Zone 8 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant. Keep in mind when planting that Surinam cherry is thought of as tender, so it is imperative to wait until temperatures are mild before planting out of doors.

See our list of companion Plants for Surinam cherry to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Surinam cherry from seed

Transplanting Surinam cherry

Start from cuttings
Seeds cold intolerant, short period of viability
Makes good hedging

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Surinam cherry is a tender plant.

Common Surinam cherry problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Surinam cherry plants:

Salt intolerant

Other names for Surinam cherry

Pitanga, Brazilian cherry, Cayenne cherry, ñangapirí

Eugenia michelii, Plinia petiolata, Stenocalyx michelii, Eugenia oblongifolia, Luma dasyblasta

Surinam cherry care instructions

How long does Surinam cherry take to grow?

These estimates for how long Surinam cherry takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world. Start logging and journaling your observations to participate!


Popular varieties of Surinam cherry

View the complete variety list for Surinam cherry »

Surinam cherry Forums

No groups yet - why not start a new one?


Canadian Gardening magazine logo

After browsing MyFolia.com, you could be tossing out your paper-based gardening journal...MyFolia.com is the facebook for gardeners.

More buzz about us...

Latest Activity

Folia Badges and Widgets

Folia Blog Widgets

Want some super cool badges to stick on your blog? What about a funky widget that shows everyone what you are growing? Sounds like you need to get over to our Goodies page pronto!

Tour | About | Help & Support | Contact | Terms | Privacy | Community Guidelines | Goodies

Homegrown by Nic & Nath All photos and content © their respective owners.

Free Gardening database | Free garden organizer | Vegetable garden software | Mobile gardening app

Popular Plants: Tomato | Sweet pepper | Chili pepper | Basil | Bean | Rose | Carrot | Cucumber | Lettuce | Onion | Strawberry | Daylily | Spinach | Potato | Radish