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My Cambuca (Plinia edulis) tree!
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:47:53 PM »
This is my new cambuca tree that I got from Excalibur Fruit Trees in Lake Worth. It's in a 15g container. Here is some info on it: http://www.fruitipedia.com/cambuca%20Plinia%20edulis.htm

I was told the fruit tastes like orange jello so I am excited.

Adam, do you recommend I prune this tree?

Anyone have any tips on growing it?




Edit: Fixed subject. Thanks to Oscar for noticing the misspelled name.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2013, 12:16:47 PM by murahilin »

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 07:51:31 PM »
This is my new cambuca tree in a 15g container. Here is some info on it: http://www.fruitipedia.com/cambuca%20Plinia%20edulis.htm

I was told the fruit tastes like orange jello so I am excited.

Adam, do you recommend I prune this tree?

Anyone have any tips on growing it?



Congrats! hmmmmm Orange jello... Sounds tasty.  :)
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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 08:03:36 PM »
I have a pair of them planted at my place. They are about 4 feet tall. They survived 25 F without any damage.  They are planted on the southSide of a board on board fence so they were protected from the north wind. I keep mine heavily mulched and watered regular. They seem pretty happy. I will post some pictures tomorrow . They have not bloomed yet.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 08:18:33 PM »
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Where'd you get it?
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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 08:44:34 PM »
murahilin

Where'd you get it?

I got it from Excalibur. I just edited my post to include that info.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 09:07:02 PM »
I have a pair of them planted at my place. They are about 4 feet tall. They survived 25 F without any damage.  They are planted on the southSide of a board on board fence so they were protected from the north wind. I keep mine heavily mulched and watered regular. They seem pretty happy. I will post some pictures tomorrow . They have not bloomed yet.

Thanks,
Ed

Good to know that they are cold hardy. How old are they?

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 09:18:54 PM »
3 to 4 years old.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 09:57:33 PM »
They like partial shade when small, say less than a foot tall, and then can go full sun. Like jaboticaba they like plenty of water. No they don't taste like orange jello, at least not any orange jello i ever had, but do have a nice smooth texture. I would describe the taste of cambuca as like peach-jaboticaba. I noticed that on first fruiting the fruits were quite mild and disappointing, but it seems that with age they taste better every year.
Here is a photo comparing regular sized jaboticaba on right and cambuca on left. And some photos of fruits on the tree:



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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 10:01:25 PM »
Hi Adam, 3 years is highly optimistic, the cambucas are rather slow growing and fruiting, like regular jaboticaba. I would say realistically minimum 5 years, more likely 6-8 years. Sorry to burst your bubble.  :'(
Good news is once they start producing they can make lots of fruit, and as you saw from my photos they can make jaboticaba look really tiny!
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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 09:03:21 AM »
Thank you both for the pics and info.

Orange jello is one of my favorite foods so to say it does not taste like orange jello is quite disappointing.

Do you guys think I could keep it in this 15 gallon until it fruits?



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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2012, 09:17:52 AM »
Thank you both for the pics and info.

Orange jello is one of my favorite foods so to say it does not taste like orange jello is quite disappointing.

Do you guys think I could keep it in this 15 gallon until it fruits?

Hi,

Maybe Willughbeia angustifolia would fit the bill?

This one is hard to find and, probably, very sensitive to cold.
But, it is said to produce fruits that taste of orange sherbet!!!???

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2012, 09:49:55 AM »
Orange Jello is a very important part of a balanced diet..

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2012, 10:01:31 AM »
OMG....orange jello is one of someone's favorite foods????? You've got to be kidding me. A very interesting commentary indeed!

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2012, 10:35:05 AM »
Hi Adam, 3 years is highly optimistic, the cambucas are rather slow growing and fruiting, like regular jaboticaba. I would say realistically minimum 5 years, more likely 6-8 years. Sorry to burst your bubble.  :'(
Good news is once they start producing they can make lots of fruit, and as you saw from my photos they can make jaboticaba look really tiny!
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No bubbles burst here...did you read my post about seeing a man wait 15yrs for a fruit?

I understand it can take some time, but judging by Murahilin's picture, I'd say the tree has been on earth for about 3yrs...so he could have fruits in 3yrs...if lucky..and of course we are all lucky to have a Plinia edulis.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2012, 02:07:54 PM »
Very cool find Mura, another plant for my list.  Put me down for seeds in 10 years or so.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2012, 03:08:38 PM »
Very cool find Mura, another plant for my list.  Put me down for seeds in 10 years or so.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2012, 04:19:47 PM »
Very cool find Mura, another plant for my list.  Put me down for seeds in 10 years or so.

-Ethan

Should have some seeds available this summer if anyone is interested. I have a tree that is about 15 years old. It's fruited for 3-4 years. Last summer made very few fruits. Summer before that had heavy crop of several hundred fruits. It's a very good fruit, slow but definitely worth growing!
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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2012, 05:55:12 PM »
Hi,

I know someone how has 14 cambuca trees. He told me a long time ago that about 2-3 trees out of the 15 trees started fruiting lightly in 3-4 years. Also, under perfect conditions they can fruit twice a year.

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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2012, 07:44:11 PM »
Hi,

I know someone how has 14 cambuca trees. He told me a long time ago that about 2-3 trees out of the 15 trees started fruiting lightly in 3-4 years. Also, under perfect conditions they can fruit twice a year.

Tomas

Did notice a light second crop of cambucas in mid fall, after heavy crop in summer.
Mistake i made with my tree is that i had it in partial shade first few years. As soon as i cut out shading tree it made a huge growth spurt and started fruiting heavily. So make sure your trees get full sun once they are one foot or taller.
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Re: My Cambuca (Plinea edulis) tree!
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2012, 11:04:32 PM »
Hi,

Maybe Willughbeia angustifolia would fit the bill?

This one is hard to find and, probably, very sensitive to cold.
But, it is said to produce fruits that taste of orange sherbet!!!???

Sounds interesting. I will look into it.

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« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2012, 11:05:28 PM »
OMG....orange jello is one of someone's favorite foods????? You've got to be kidding me. A very interesting commentary indeed!

Harry

You don't like orange jello? Of the all the jello flavors it is the best.

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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2012, 11:09:22 PM »
Hi,

Maybe Willughbeia angustifolia would fit the bill?

This one is hard to find and, probably, very sensitive to cold.
But, it is said to produce fruits that taste of orange sherbet!!!???

After reading Whitman's description that's been my holy grail for a long time. But it's very hard to get it to fruit even in Hawaii (needs hand pollination and doesn't grow very well)! So i've given up on that one.
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2012, 12:22:00 AM »
I have a few seedlings in pots.  They are 2 to 3 years old.  Just to be on the safe side,  I would say that they will fruit in another 7 years.  I have a friend that really likes cambuca.  He says that it tastes like orange sorbet.  This friend likes tart and acidic fruits.  His tree produces at least 2 or 3 crops a year here in southwest Florida.

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« Reply #23 on: February 21, 2012, 01:06:50 AM »
I have a few seedlings in pots.  They are 2 to 3 years old.  Just to be on the safe side,  I would say that they will fruit in another 7 years.  I have a friend that really likes cambuca.  He says that it tastes like orange sorbet.  This friend likes tart and acidic fruits.  His tree produces at least 2 or 3 crops a year here in southwest Florida.

I think the only thing orange-like in cambuca is the color, yes it is light orange colored.
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« Reply #24 on: March 17, 2013, 05:22:36 PM »
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