The Jaboticaba is an evergreen, slow growing bush with dense, beautiful dark green foliage that displays its grape-like purplish black fruit directly along its trunk and branches. Only recently introduced into Australia, the Jaboticaba with its sweet aromatic flavour and unique qualities make it ideal for jams and wines. In its homeland the Jaboticaba is commonly referred to as the “grape tree”.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Whilst the Jaboticaba is subtropical, it can tolerate mild, brief frosts. Though, they do best when grown in frost free conditions.

    Plant in full sun or part shade.

    Jaboticaba grows best on deep, rich, well drained soil.

    For enhanced productivity, plant in groups to allow for cross pollination.

    Established trees will cope with mild drought, although fruit yields will be reduced.

    Fertilise and water regularly through the growing season. Generous supplies of water will trigger the tree into production, delivering several crops a year.

    Does not take well to salty soils or salt laden breezes or water.

    Trees may reach heaights of 15m if left unpruned. However, most average 5m or so and are very slow growing. This species can be pruned right back to form into a compact shrub or if several are closely together, will also make a great hedge.

    Growers do not have to worry about potential loss of crops from heavy pruning as Jaboticabas fruit prolifically.

    Jaboticaba should be spaced at least 9m apart each way.

    Suitable for growing in containers or pots.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Trees

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1-3 cups (200-600g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 600g

    Comments; Regular fertilisation is important for jaboticabas due to its slow growth rate and shallow root system. Apply at monthly intervals for young plants to expediate the plants growth. Rake organic material in well around the plants base.


    Stage: Fruit Bearing

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 3-6 cups (0.6-1.2kg)

    Commercial Use: Up to 1.2kg

    Comments: Apply fertiliser three (3) times per year (spring, summer and autumn). When trees are grown in alkaline soils, a complete nutritional spray containing boron, copper, manganese and zinc should be used. apply the iron as a chelate by drenching into the soil. 




Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.