Surinam Cherry

Common name(s): Surinam Cherry

Scientific name: Eugenia uniflora

Plant family: MYRTACEAE

Origin: Native to Brazil

Description: Small, multi-branched evergreen shrub or tree with dense canopy. Grows up to 20 feet tall and 15 feet wide. Short, oval-shaped shiny dark green leaves and white, fragrant flowers. Grows red berries and fleshy, juicy, orange fruit. Young stems have red hairs and dark new foliage.

Growing Conditions: Grows in most soil types in subtropical and tropical climates. Flowers throughout the year and fruit develops and ripens in 3-4 weeks from flowering. Best in full sun and drought tolerant. Irrigation is necessary in areas with little rainfall.

Wildlife: Flowers attract bees, bats, and birds and fruit attracts birds, lizards, and mammals.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: H7, G7

Additional Information: Plant supplies medicine and is used as insect repellent. Fruit is edible and made into jams, jellies, pies, and juices.


In Memory of Joe Gissy
In Honor of Chelsea Ramcharan