For those living in USDA zones 9-11, growing a Brazilian cherry tree might be something you may want to grow! Especially if you love cherries, this fast growing vine-like cherry variety will be right up your alley. Related to guava, the Brazilian cherry tree is also known as the Surinam cherry tree or the Florida cherry tree. Although commonly called a tree, it’s more of a shrub or vine, which grows beautiful aromatic leaves and delicious, edible cherries. Read more to find out how to grow Brazilian cherry trees in your yard, and reap the benefits of juicy, delicious cherries.
How to Grow Brazilian Cherry Trees in Your Garden
Although the Brazilian cherry tree makes fruit that resemble cherries, they’re actually NOT cherries, nor do they taste like cherries. Instead, they taste more like mangoes and are incredibly high in vitamin C.
Planting Brazilian Cherry Trees:
- If you do decide to grow these cherry trees, make sure you have enough space.
- The plants grow rapidly and the rows will need to be spaced 18 feet apart. For hedges, plant 2-5 feet apart.
- Plant at least 10 feet from other trees, shrubs, or plants.
- Make sure to have well draining soil, as Brazilian cherry trees do not like wet soil.
- Make a combination of sand, soil, and perlite to make sure your tree grows quickly and is healthy.
- Plant in a space where the tree will receive full sun, at least 12 hours a day.
Brazilian Cherry Tree Care:
- Brazilian cherry trees do not require a lot care.
- Water the tree weekly and make sure never to over-water. The tree is pretty drought resistant and does not like wet soil.
- During growing season, fertilize every time you water with a time release fertilizer of 8-3-9.
So now that you know how to grow Brazilian cherry trees, it’s time to get to planting!