100 Black Berry Jam fruit, Randia Formosa, is a rare tropical to subtropical fruit, growing as a small evergreen bushy shrub, usually only 4-5 ft tall in the ground and 3-4 ft in container. It can be also trained into a miniature tree. The plant is closely related to gardenia and produces 1.5-2", very fragrant, tubular white flowers that attract nocturnal moths. Olive-shaped yellow fruits are woody shelled, about 1" size and look like small loquats. They can be easily crushed between teeth. The fruit contains two cells with small flat seeds surrounded by sweet black soft pulp tasting like "blackberry jam", beloved of children and adults.Besides tasty fruit, the plant has many other GREAT FEATURES.Slow and compact grower. For years, it can be grown in 3-5 gal container, reaching 3-4 ft in height. Branching habit and a dense pretty foliage. Tolerates shade and will flower and fruit in filtered light, which is appreciated by container gardeners who grow these plants indoors or in a crowded greenhouse. Flowers are gardenia-like and have pleasant sweet fragrance, although not as strong as gardenias. When in bloom, the bush is all covered with star-shaped flowers. Starts fruiting in young age - 1-1.5 year from seed. 1-3 gallon container plants start blooming and fruiting when reach about 2 ft tall. Heavy producer. A small 3 ft plant in 3 gal container can bear as many as 25-30 fruit at a time. Blooming/fruiting period continues for a few months, new flowers appear while the first fruit start to ripen. Saplings are 3 months old, originated from South America and is a selected variety which will start fruiting in 1-2years. An excellent ornamental tree for landscape, backyard and can be intercrop with other fruit trees. Detailed cultivation details are available on request to to Amazone Nursery.
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