Jacaranda banana Fruit Plant (Swartzia langsdorffii )
Common Names: Jacaranda banana, Jacaranda Branco, Pau banana, Monkey pavcova, Manipoyba
Botanical Name: Swartzia langsdorffii
General Information: Swartzia langsdorffii is an evergreen tree with a dense, oblong crown, native to South America, specifically eastern Brazil. It typically reaches a height of 8 to 14 meters. The tree is known for its timber and is occasionally harvested for its fruit. With its beautiful ornamental qualities, especially when in bloom, it serves as an attractive addition to landscapes. Fruiting occurs from February to April, with sporadic occurrences in November.
The tree is valued for its timber. It possesses ornamental beauty, particularly when flowering. Fruits are pods that need to be opened when ripe to access the yellowish aril. The fresh aril has a slightly astringent taste, but when cooked in water and sweetened, it resembles a mixture of "papaya and orange." The tree provides excellent shade and is honey-bearing, making it suitable for cultivation in orchards, gardens, and reforestation projects.
Bloom Time/Fruiting: 3 to 4 Years
Maintenance Required: Moderate