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Honey bee on Jaboticaba flowers 2_10-2015

My tree is buzzing with bees today. Surprisingly there are different varieties here at once. I tried very hard to get a photo of a great carpenter bee, a female, I could hear her before I could get a photo. The big black female is very fast. Will have plenty of fruit soon if anyone is interested.

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Comment by Lissa on October 3, 2015 at 15:48

They would make a terrific productive hedge.

I bought a yellow but it never thrived. When it finally died two or so years after being planted I pulled it up and the roots hadn't gone anywhere. Would love to try some of the fruit one day.

Phil - hopefully between Christa's and my trees you will get the chance to find out if you like them.

Comment by Phil on October 3, 2015 at 9:12

Pretty tree and productive. Haven't tried the fruit yet but if I like the taste I'll be adding this to my list of fruit trees to grow.

Comment by Christa on October 3, 2015 at 8:58

I have 3 jaboticaba trees, they have some age to them, (planted circa 2000) and are quite tall now, over 3 metres.  I have not pruned the base as my aim was to create a screen on the fence. They are planted close together on the fence line.  The yellow fruited, with the larger leaf, is not as prolific as the black fruited with the narrow leaf.  They seem to respond to fertilizer with multiple fruiting cycles.

Comment by Lissa on October 3, 2015 at 6:13

Also - when you have excess fruit perhaps you can bring it along to one of the Garden Visits to share.

Here's a LINK to the calendar (when looking for it later, see Groups in the menu at the top of the page and go to Garden Visit group, Calendar). The next three visits are on the northside which might suit you.

Comment by Lissa on October 3, 2015 at 6:08

Lovely :) I checked my tree when I got home from work yesterday and the flowers are starting to open. Not sign of bee activity at that time of the day.

Your plant looks very open to sunlight Christa. Do you remove outside vegetation or do some kind of pruning? My tree is tightly bushy but the flowers, internal to the plant as they are, still get pollinated somehow.

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