Eugenia brasiliensis - Grumichama
Diary of Grumichama Topiary

My favorite tropical Etsy seller has some wonderful little Grumichama seedlings.  The plants are so cute!  The leaves look like they are floating on top of some threads, the stems are so thin.

The great thing about these are that they are sub-tropical, much like the citrus trees we have here.  They should not be as demanding as the true tropical plants.  These babies do best in part shade, with open air space and plenty of water.

In about four or five years, the tree will bear fruit.  The berries will eventually be dark red and round, with cartoonish little sepals on the bottom.  Not too unlike blueberries, actually.  These are also called brazilian cherries.

Many people describe
Eugenia brasiliensis - Grumichama
these as tasting similar to the cooler climate cherries.

Don't let the cute fruits fool ya.  These trees can become huge, with dense green foliage... which is why they would make great topiary candidates.