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shaxs

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I am looking to buy a strawberry tree in Southern California. Otherwise known as Muntingia calabura or Jamaican Cherry Tree. I would prefer a more established tree if possible. Please let me know if you have one or know where I can find one.

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2019, 11:33:11 AM »
I'm sprouting seeds from a wild tree growing near me. It's pink instead of red, but it tastes the same. I could grow them out and send when they're bigger, if you're interested.


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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2019, 07:55:16 PM »
Im game. Any problem shipping to CA?

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2019, 08:52:39 PM »
No issues on my end, and I'm not aware of this species having any poor standing in the California legal system. I have sent Artocarpus there, so I think it shouldn't be a problem. I'll keep you updated on their growth.

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2019, 06:07:38 PM »
-Kris

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 11:01:38 PM »
I'm with zephian, it'd probably be cheaper to go for the seeds. But if you still want plants, they're definitely growing well enough, if a bit slow. I had added more seeds, and now the little jiffy pellets have little carpets of green.

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2019, 12:48:32 PM »
How long do they take to fruit from seed? And do they grow true to parent from seed?

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Re: WTB: Strawberry Tree Muntingia calabura in Southern California
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 11:10:05 PM »
How long do they take to fruit from seed? And do they grow true to parent from seed?

I don't know how true they grow, but I'm not aware of any variability in the species, other than fruit pigmentation. With proper care, they might fruit in under a year. Fast grower past the seedling stage (I'm already seeing a few looking taller than the rest, the earliest seeds I planted).

 

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