Blue Grape, False Jaboticaba - Myrciaria vexator McVaugh
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Opened fruit
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Opened fruit

Myrciaria vexator in Boltz Conservatory, Madison, Wi.
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Inflorescense and fruit
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Inflorescense and fruit

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Fruit habit
Fig. 7
Fruit habit

Plant growing in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Fl USA
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Plant growing in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Fl USA

The attractive bark
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The attractive bark

Scientific name
Myrciaria vexator McVaugh
Common names
Jaboticaba, Jabuticaba, Guaperu, Guapuru, Hivapuru, Sabará, and Ybapuru
Jaboticaba, Myrciaria cauliflora Berg.; camu-camu, M. dubia; false tamarisk,  M. borinquena; rumberry, M. floribunda; ridfetop guavaberry, M. myrtiflolia 1
South America
USDA hardiness zones
10a, 10b, 11
Fruit; landscape specimen
10-15 ft (3-4.6 m)
Rounded canopy that extends almost to the ground; dense; finely textured 1
Plant habit
Small tree or bush
Growth rate
Very slow
Multiple trunks, light gray; peeling bark; heavily branched beginning close to the ground 1
Bright green; glossy; opposite, entire, oblong-lanceolate; 3-5 in. (7.6-12.7 cm) 1
Small, white; appear on both older branches and new growth 1
Berry; thick skin, inedible; pulp sweet and mildly aromatic; 1-1.5 in. (2.5-3.8 cm) 1
Main crop matures in the spring 1
Light requirement
Full sun
Soil tolerances
Will grow on a varity of soils, including oolitic limestone and clay 1
Drought tolerance
Appears to have greater tolerance than it's cousin the jaboticaba 1
Cold tolerance
Damage temp. 28-32°F (°C)
Invasive potential *
None reported
Pest/disease resistance
Relativerly free of pests and diseases in Florida 1
Known hazard

Reading Material

Blue Grape from Fruitipedia, Encyclopedia of the Edible Fruits of the World


South America

The blue grape is an exquisite landscape specimen that bears a delicious grapelike fruit. The species is obscure and only available from specialized sources. Some consider the fruit slightly innferior to that of the jaboticaba, although it is of very good quality and pleasant flavor. As a result of its many attributes, the blue grape has excellent potential as a dooryard tree for south Florida. 1
The bark, which is decorated with a reticulated patten, occasionnaly peels in large patches (Fig. 11), revealing a light undercoat. The tree is handsome, ornamental, and well behaved, and would be worth planting for its aesthetic value alone. 1

The bright green leaves, which measure from 3 to 5 inches in lenght, are opposite, entire, oblong-lanceolate, and pointed at the apex. They are glossy, slightly folded along the central axis, and point stffly downward. 1

Myrciaria vexator leaves
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Flowering occurs in 2 or 3 waves, often in late winter of early spring. The small white flowers appear both on older branches and on new growth. It is thought that cross-pollination is needed to ensure adequate fruit set. 1

The fruit of the blue grape is a thick-skinned berry, measuring from 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. The skin changes from bright green to a dull bluish-purple as the fruit ripens. The rind is tough, rubbery and inedible. The pulp is gelatinous and somewhat translucent. The color of the pulp is whited tinged with pink or orange. The flavor is sweet and mildly aromatic. 1

Fruit grows directly on the branchImmature and ripe fruit
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Fig. 8. Fruit grows directly on the branch
Fig. 9. Immature and ripe fruit

The blue grape is harvested when fully colored and slightly soft to the touch. The main crop matures in the spring, although fruit may be present throughout the warmer months. 1

By seed.
Seeds are slow to germinate, sometimes requiring 3 or more months to sprout. 1

It requires regular irrigation during establishment, but appears to have greater drought tolerance than the jaboticaba. 1

The blue grape is relatively free of pests and diseases in Florida. The skin of the fruit is sufficiently tough to resist attack by the Caribbean fruit fly. 1

Food Uses
The fruit is usually eaten out of hand, with the pulp sucked from the rind. The rind and seeds are discarded. The fruit spoils and dehydrates rapidly once it has been picked. 1

List of Growers and Vendors

1 Boning, Charles. Florida's Best Fruiting Plants: Native and Exotic Trees, Shrubs and Vines. Sarasota, Florida: Pineapple Press, Inc. p. 104. 2006. Print.


Fig. 1,2,5,6,7,8,9 Myrciaria vexator. N.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 3 Kenraiz, Krzysztof Ziarnek. Myrciaria vexator in Boltz Conservatory, Madison, Wi. 2016. Under (CC BY-SA 4.0). Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
Fig. 4 Sample, Jane. Myrciaria vexator leaves. 2015. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
Fig. 7 Stang, David. Plant growing in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Fl USA. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). Web. 27 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 10 Parmar, Chiranjit. The blue grape. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). Web. 27 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 11 Stang, David. The attractive bark. Under (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0). Web. 27 Jan. 2015.

UF/IFAS Assessment of Non-native Plants in Florida's Natural Areas
** Information provided is not intended to be used as a guide for treatment of medical conditions.

Published 27 Jan. 2015 LR. Last update 27 Mar. 2017 LR
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