|Blue Grape, False Jaboticaba - Myrciaria vexator
Common names: Jaboticaba, Jabuticaba, Guaperu, Guapuru, Hivapuru, Sabará, and Ybapuru.
blue grape is an exquisite landscape specimen that bears a delicious
grapelike fruit. The species is obscure and only available
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
excellent potential as a dooryard tree for south Florida." 1
This Jaboticaba relative is a slow growing, beautiful ornamental shrub that grows up to 6 ft. It bears a dark purple, almost bluish fruit with thin, sweet flesh surrounding one or two large seeds. The fruit tastes somewhat like sweet grapes. Fruits are borne in late Spring or early Fall and usually eaten fresh or used in drinks. The plant is little known in cultivation, yet the fruits are of equal or superior quality to Jaboticaba. A single bush may produce several thousand fruits. This plant can tolerate light frost when established.
" 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 plum size fruit measuring 1 to 1 1/2" has a thick skin and delicious flavor.
"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
An evergreen tree with a slow
growth habit that can reach 10-15 feet. A very good landscape addition.
Diseases and Pests
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
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. 1,2,3,4,5,6 Myrciaria vexator. N.d. toptropicals.com. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 7 Stang, David. Plant growing in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Fl USA. tropical.theferns.info. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 8 Stang, David. The attractive bark. tropical.theferns.info. Web. 27 Jan. 2015.
Fig. 9 Parmar, Chiranjit. The blue grape. fruitipedia.com. Web. 28 Jan. 2015.
Published 27 Jan. 2015 LR. Updated 28 Jan. 2015 LR