Panama Berry Tree: Muntingia calabura

The panama berry tree (Muntingia calabura) goes by many names such as strawberry tree, jam fruit tree, and cotton candy berry. The Panama berry is a tropical fruit tree with a strawberry looking flower and sweet edible fruits that taste like cotton candy. It can grow as a shrub or small tree to 25′ and produces small fruits nearly year-round that are tasty snacks for humans or wildlife such as birds. 

The flower of the Panama berry tree resembles a strawberry flower. Photo: Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS

Panama berry is native to tropical America but has been grown in south and central Florida as a tropical fruit tree in edible landscapes. It can be propagated by seed, cutting or air layering. This plant has been reported to naturalize in areas but has not yet been assessed by UF/IFAS Assessment of Nonnative Plants. It is suitable for tropical and subtropical regions, zones 9b – 11.

The fruit of the Panama berry tree can be red or yellow. Photo: Tia Silvasy, UF/IFAS

Learn more:

Muntingia on Wikipedia

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Posted: June 11, 2024

Category: Agriculture, , Crops, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Fruits & Vegetables, Home Landscapes, Horticulture, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Edible Landscape, Fruit, Mutingia, Panama Berry Tree, Shrub, Strawberry Tree, Tree, Tropical, Tsilvasy

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