Plinia phitrantha (White Jaboticaba)

Plinia phitrantha, (syn. Plinia aureana)
(White Jaboticaba)
Other Names: Jaboticaba Branca

Related To: Jaboticaba, Camu Camu, Surinam Cherry

Plinia phitrantha (White Jaboticaba)
White jaboticabas turn white or bronze when ripe. They have an excellent flavor.

Main Uses: Fruit; Ornamental

Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate

Mature Height/Spread: To 20′, but usually kept smaller.

Flowering/Pollination: Small, white, cauliflorous, self-pollinating

Tolerance: Somewhat tolerant of drought, but prefers consistently moist soils.

Soil/Nutrition: Rich, slightly acidic, well-drained. Performs well on amended sandy soils but generally prefers more moisture. Grows very well in pure peat moss when grown in a container.

Light: Full sun.

Plinia phitrantha (White Jaboticaba)
White fruits, freshly ripened.

Wind: Sturdy.

Temperature: Cold hardiness similar to purple jaboticabas; upper 20’s F.

Dangers: None.

Diseases Prone:

Bearing Age: This species is precocious, bearing smaller and sooner than purple jaboticaba. Generally, 4-5 years from seed.

Fruit: Small, pale whitish fruit, green when immature. Fruits generally contain a couple of large seeds. The fruit has a different taste than purple jaboticaba; its flesh is soft, silky, and sweet.

Fruits can also have a pale bronze tint. The name “white” jaboticaba may also refer to the growth of new leaves, which emerge whitish before turning salmon and then green.

History/Origin: The Atlantic Amazon rainforest was previously known only for cultivation but was first located in the wild in the forests of Rio Doce.

The leaves of white jaboticaba emerge pale white/pink before turning green.

Species Observations: Larger leaves then purple jaboticabas.

This species is more tolerant of fertilization than it’s cousin—excellent response to animal manure composts and 11-2-9 fertilizers used in moderation.

Propagation: By seed, marcot (air-layer), or rooted branches.

The tree itself has an ornamental form, with peeling bark typical of the myrtaceae family.

Container Culture: Yes. Also a good, if unique, bonsai candidate.

Medicinal Uses: Unknown

Nutritional Information: Unknown

Preparation / Food: Fruits are eaten fresh.

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