Eugenia uniflora

Today’s entry was written by Claire:

This photograph of a profusion of Eugenia uniflora fruits, shared by 3Point141@Flickr, was taken at Hunt Grove, Merritt Island, Florida, USA. Thank you 3Point141!

These Surinam cherries (or Brazilian cherries or pitanga in Brazil or a number of other common names), belong to the myrtle family. The Myrtaceae is known for evergreen shrubs and trees containing essential oils (think eucalyptus trees). Eugenia uniflora is a native of tropical South America, but the species has been widely cultivated for both its ornamental value and edibility. Areas of the world where it has been cultivated include Florida (as a common hedge plant), China, India and southeast Asia. Eugenia uniflora fruits are easily eaten raw and can also be made into jams and even distilled into liquor. The seeds are highly aromatic and resinous and the woody stems can contain up to 28.5% tannins in the bark.

Eugenia uniflora

20 responses to “Eugenia uniflora”

  1. seedmoney

    Please note this is highly invasive in Florida.

  2. David Roycroft

    I love your photo of the day however the print style, and the print color makes it very difficult to read. The use of light green is very difficult to see.

  3. phillip

    …David, I have to disagree, the font and green links are quite legible to me..

  4. Meighan

    Wow, that’s a very striking photo! Beautiful fruit.

  5. Terri Clark-Kveton

    What a fabulous picture! So beautifully vivid and mouth-wateringly colourful. It just made my day–happy-making! Thank you.

  6. Eric Simpson

    Growing up in coastal San Diego County, there was a common landscaping shrub which produced what we called Eugenia-berries. I believe it is Syzygium paniculatum, which used to be Eugenia paniculata. If memory serves, the fruit was not overly flavorful, but not bad (taste and texture somewhat similar to salal (Gaultheria shallon)), and we ate (and threw) quite a bit of it as kids. Later, I surprised some of my fellow students at UC San Diego by eating fruit from the trees that grew among some of the administrative buildings on campus. Though I’m living in the same house I grew up in, all of the “Eugenia-berry” shrubs have either been cut down, are in backyards I no longer have access to, or have grown so tall that they’ve been trimmed such that the lowest-hanging fruit is no longer in reach…[sigh].

    1. Gannon

      Hi Eric,
      Can you please give me more specific directions to these shrubs?! I’d like to get a part of one for re-planting as a gift for my Brazilian girlfriend. Thanks!!

  7. charles jordan

    I agree with DR. The light green makes it difficult to see. Also a broader letter would also be helpful, especially for us “younger” set. Great photo.

  8. elizabeth a airhart

    i live in florida also one of the first plants
    i came to know when i moved here thank you

  9. phillip

    ..once again I disagree, cj, the younger set..?..I am one of the ‘older’ set who comments here…try this..start menu..accessories…ease of access…magnifier..or narrator..
    I’m sorry Daniel, it just irks me after the many years of your work I’ve witnessed, and loved, someone complains about the font.

  10. chara

    Love the photo and especially learning about new plants. Just came across this website and am a new fan.

  11. Katie - UBC Botanical Garden

    Hi everyone,
    I’m Katie – the Garden’s marketing manager who was been working in tandem with Daniel on our web redesign project.
    First a comment on the photo – I’ve been working at the garden for 2 years now and love reading the photo of the day as much as you. The images are always great and I always learn lots of interesting things – this post is not exception.
    On to the website redesign:
    We’re so glad that the majority of feedback is positive on the site and appreciate your patience as we work through a few bugs and growing pains to get it perfect. Thanks for the helpful comments about your experiences. We are aware that a small group of users are experiencing some difficulties with the font not displaying properly and I’ve been working with our designers to make changes that we hope address these challenges for those viewers. They are pretty much ready to go so when Daniel is back next week he will be uploading them. If you continue to experience problems after that please do let us know.
    This particular update won’t change to colour of the links – I’m really interested to see what the general consensus is on this – do most of you like the light green or find it difficult to see? Let us know… Thanks!

  12. brenda

    I love this service, love seeing the new plants every day.
    The green font is hard to see, especially for us older viewers. It’s not a criticism of the site, which is wonderful, just font color and type. How about dark green rather than light green? For the black font, I prefer a heavier darker font because my eyes just aren’t what they used to be.

  13. Eric in SF

    Katie – the company I work for uses almost the same color green for our links and for special headline text and we have gotten consistent feedback the 5 years it’s been on the website that many people, particularly those getting up in age, simply cannot see the green. There is not enough contrast between it and white.

  14. Jane Campbell

    Does Eugenia uniflora grow in the Pacific NW ( Portland OR area in particular) and is it invasive? Also, are there varieties that actually taste good enough to be worth planting for the fruit?

  15. Hazel

    I too love this site and in general I think the upgrade and web design is fabulous. However, I do agree with the light green color being a bit of a challenge for us with older eyes! Thanks for the opportunity to comment. Always appreciate it.

  16. Eric Simpson

    re: font:
    I recently turned 50, and need reading glasses, though I don’t use them at the computer as I have a 22″ monitor, AND I have the magnification on my browser set at 135%. I have no problem seeing either the black or green font, though I certainly wouldn’t describe the green as “standing out”. I think it would probably be a good idea to darken the green a tad.

  17. Gaynor Smith

    I join the company of those who love this website, but have reservations about the new design.
    It seems to waste a great deal of the left side of my monitor – just blank space throughout the comments after the first two.
    And I’m really sad about the green font. I find it quite difficult.
    Yes, I do have “older eyes,” but no doubt many of us who follow this website avidly are in that basket..?
    It’s certainly not a criticism of the content (love it), just the layout.

  18. Robert D Sharp

    While the color is different than it was, my tired old eyes do not have much difficulty seeing it. I do struggle with a lot of pages and am constantly increasing the size to my browser’s max.
    As a compromise, perhaps the date and links could be made bold? At worst, I would not abandon the green if necessary darken it a tad.

  19. Charles Livio

    FYI -Eugenia uniflora ( surinam cherry) is a class 1( most invasive) species on the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, (FLEPPC) list of invasive species.

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