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Capulin Cherry
Scientific Name: Prunus salicifolia Kunth
Synonym:
Family: Rosaceae
Capulin Cherry (Prunus  salicifolia)
Picture from Tropica Mango Nurseries
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-10

Frost Tolerance: Semi hardy in Phoenix, leaf damage at 26 F ( -3 C), limb damage at 22 F( -5 C)

Heat Tolerance: Very questionable, avoid any direct sun

Sun Exposure: Full sun to fruit, shade to survive in Phoenix

Origin: Mexico

Growth Habits: Evergreen or semideciduous tree, fast growing to 25 feet

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds but quality is variable, air layering


This is a tree that I have been trying to grow in my backyard in Phoenix for a while. They do okay in the spring, and start losing their leaves in July, barely surviving August and dying in September. The pattern has been repeated 3 years in a row, and there doesn't seem to be any difference between a full sun and a full shade exposure. I do want a Capulin Cherry tree, maybe this time (2000) I will plant it in half shade, in September with a lot of mulch and give it a last try.

Blooming Habits:
Fragrant white flowers in March followed by cherry-like dark purple with green flesh fruits

Fruiting Habits:

Links:
CRFG fruit facts


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