Guapi-Nhem Acu Fruit Plant (Eugenia zuccarinii)
Common Name: Guapi-Nhem Acu
Botanical Name: Eugenia zuccarinii
General Information: Guapi-Nhem Acu, scientifically known as Eugenia zuccarinii, is a lesser-known species of Eugenia found in the forests of Rio de Janeiro. Despite its proximity to tropical climates, this species has shown resilience to frosts and temperatures as low as 26°F. Known for its large and fragrant flower displays, it serves as an important pollinator species in its native range and attracts various pollinators, including honey bees.
Characteristics: Eugenia zuccarinii is a small tree that offers not only ornamental value but also practical benefits. The fruits are delicious and can be consumed raw, offering a flavor reminiscent of a mix of dried plum and cherry. The fruit has ample pulp, making it suitable for juices, ice creams, and jellies. The tree's ability to withstand lower temperatures adds to its versatility in different climates.
Significance: This species contributes to the ecosystem by attracting pollinators, making it an excellent choice for those interested in supporting local biodiversity. The fruits are not only enjoyed by humans but also appreciated by birds and other wildlife. Additionally, like many Eugenia species, it holds potential in traditional medicine for treating various ailments.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 3 - 4 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate