Capulin Cherry

Fruit Information for Capulin Cherry


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Common Name: Capulin Cherry Scientific Name: Prunus salicifolia
Other Names: Capulin, Capuli, Tropic Cherry
PH Range: 5.5 to 6.5 Salt Tolerance: ???
Cold Tolerance: Frost tolerant. Can withstand down to 19 F Soil Type: Grow well on any reasonably fertile site. They can thrive in poor ground, even clays, but seem to prefer dry sandy soils
Size: Grows 10 ft. in 12 to 18 months, and then it eventually reaches 30 ft. Varieties: Ecuadorian, Fausto, Harriet, Huachi Grande, Lomeli, Werner
Comments: The tree was introduced into California sometime after the mid-1920s. It is native from the Valley of Mexico all the way to Guatemala. Today it is cultivated in the Andes more than in its northern homeland and at harvest the fruits are abundantly available in Andean markets. Capulin cherries need full sun, and stake young trees to protect them from strong winds. The trees are not recommended for containers. The cherries do not require winter chill to bear fruit and are photo period insensitive.

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