The Restinga Jaboticaba Tree is a rare variety that has grey and tan bark, small leaves, and is tolerant of sandy soil and salt air. Restinga Jaboticaba Tree fruit is dark red and considered sweeter when ripe than the traditional purple Jaboticaba fruits. Restinga Jaboticaba Trees bloom scented white flowers that are pollinated by bees and moths, and produce hundreds of grape-sized, deep red fruits. The blooms and fruit form directly on the tree’s trunks and limbs, giving it an otherworldly appearance.
The Restinga Jaboticaba Tree’s trunk-born blooms and fruit are not only a conversation starter in the garden, but the fruit is a delicacy prized in the tropical regions where it grows. Self-pollinating Restinga Jaboticaba Trees are in the Myrtle family, and can reach heights of forty feet and widths of twenty feet. Even though the trees can reach large sizes, Jaboticaba Trees grow slowly and can remain below twenty feet tall for up to ten years. Grow Restinga Jaboticaba Trees in the ground in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, or potted in colder areas where they can be brought indoors over winter.