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H12. Jaboticaba

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The Jaboticaba is a slow growing large shrub or small, bushy tree.  It reaches a height of 10 - 15 feet.  The evergreen, opposite leaves are lanceolate to elliptic, 1 - 4 inches in length and 1/2 - 3/4 inch wide.  In color they are a glossy dark green with a leathery texture.  

The size, shape and texture varies somewhat from one species to another.  The small yellow-white flowers dramatically emerge from the multiple trunks, limbs and large branches in groups of four.  Jaboticaba fruit is grape-like in appearance and texture but with a thicker, tougher skin.  Most fruit is dark purple to almost black in color.