Jaboticaba Bonsai Tree #21536
This beautiful Jaboticaba has an asymmetrical canopy and sits in a custom hand-made ceramic bonsai pot with a light brown glaze and a small weave pattern.
General Information: It is a relative of the guava and crape myrtle. It takes a long time to begin flowering after potting as a bonsai. The bark of the Jaboticaba is very smooth, creamy tan with a pinkish tint and patches of soft gray. Its habit of peeling off in curls as the trunk and branches expand is similar to the guava and crape myrtle. It is evergreen but sheds half its leaves each spring before new growth begins. The new leaves are pinkish but change to light to medium green. They are closely packed and are narrow and tapering. It blooms several times a year during warm months. The flower has delicate white petals with stamens and comes in clusters on the trunk, large branches and exposed roots. The tree begins to bear fruit when it is ten to fifteen years old. Its edible purple berries are globular shaped, 3/4" to 1 1/2" in diameter, have a tough skin and a juicy pulp.
Lighting: It thrives in partial shade but will tolerate full sun if kept well watered.
Temperature: Because it is native to a warm climate, it must be protected from freezing temperatures.
Watering: Water adequately and frequently. It will not tolerate salt.
Feeding: Acid fertilizer is best but Jaboticaba likes lots of food and will be thankful for just about anything you give it.
Pruning and wiring: Early care must be given to avoid heavy branches on the upper portion of the tree as it sets heavy wood very quickly, especially toward its top. If nursery stock is obtained with heavy upper branches, remove them and train the new growth which will appear. Wounds tend to heal quickly. Any wiring should be done loosely and early in the growing season.
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