Eugenia xiriricana is a semideciduous shrub or small tree with a sparse crown; it can grow up to 5 metres tall. The short, crooked bole can be 15 - 25cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its fruit and wood. A small, very ornamental plant, it has a good potential for use in urban landscaping, especially for planting as a street tree under power lines[
The plant has a very small native range; it is very rare within that range; and its habitat is under severe threat from human activities. The plant is threatened with extinction[
], but has not as yet been evaluated in the IUCN Red List.
S. America - eastern Brazil.
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Succeeds in full sun to dappled shade[
A slow-growing plant, even when young[
Fruit - raw. A nearly dry pulp with a disagreeable taste[
]. The green to yellow, globose fruit can be 4cm in diameter[
The wood is fine-textured, straight-grained, heavy, hard to cut, fairly durable. Because of its small size, the wood is only used for making items such as tool handles[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a partially shaded position in a nursery seedbed. A germination rate of around 80% can generally be expected, with the seed sprouting within 40 - 50 days[
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