Jaboticaba Sabara Bonsai Tree

Growing Zones in Ground: 9 - 11 / in Pots: 4 - 11

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Some Jaboticaba Trees can take 5 years or more to bloom and produce fruit, but not the Sabra Jaboticaba, which can make fruit in a year or two. The fast fruiting but slow growing features of the Jaboticaba Sabra Tree make it a perfect specimen for a tropical fruiting bonsai. This Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai displays the characteristic Jaboticaba peeling bark, green and bronze leaves, and an upright shape perfect for a bonsai.

Just like a full-sized Jaboticaba tree growing in the ground, the Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai blooms fragrant white flowers and produces sweet, grape-sized fruit directly on the trunk and limbs. This unusual display makes the Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Tree a standout in any setting. The Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai can be grown outdoors in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. The potted tree can also be placed outdoors in summer in Zones 4 to 9, and then brought indoors or into a greenhouse over the winter.

Jaboticaba Sabara Bonsai Tree Care

The Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Tree is considered easy to grow, and a great bonsai for beginners and experts alike. Trim the top of the tree once per year in early spring to form a rounded canopy shape. The Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai will naturaly form multiple stratifications (forked branches) which create the illusion of a much larger tree. Over time, the trunk will grow thicker and the branches more dense. A low, spreading canopy of leaves and a stout trunk with many curved branches creates a traditional bonsai shape.

Repot Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Trees every 2 years. Carefully remove the tree from its container, prune away any dead roots, and repot into a slightly larger bonsai pot with drainage holes. Use bonsai soil which is usually made up of non-organic materials like crushed brick, coarse sand, and shards of fired clay. This mixture allows the Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Tree to remain in its container for an extended period of time, without the soil breaking down and washing away.

Fruit & Harvesting

Picking and using fruit from a Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Tree is done in the same way as it is on a full-sized tree, only you won’t need a ladder. The fruit ripens to a deep red about 30 days after the tree blooms. Even though the container-grown Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Tree is smaller than a normal tree, the fruit will still be the same size. Eat fresh Jaboticabas out of hand, or press and strain them for juice.

Once all of the fruit from a bloom has set, it is common for the berries to fall from the trunks if left until the very last fruits are ripe. Be sure to pick and enjoy the ripening fruits along the way over the course of a fruiting season. Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Trees will bloom and make fruit two or more times per year in warm climates. The fruit also contains seeds, that can be used to grow Jaboticaba Sabra seedlings.


Since Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Trees are grown in a container with special soil that contains little or no organic matter, they require fertilizer. Fertilize with slow release, osmotic fruit and vegetable fertilizer once every 3 months from March through November. Be sure to water fertiizer in well and always allow the soil to drain fully.

Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Trees like frequent water but they must drain completely. Water in a sprinkling fashion that simulates a light rain. This can be done with a hose sprayer attachment, or with a watering can that sprinkles through multiple streams. Water when the soil surface has dried to an inch deep or so. The Jaboticaba Sabra Bonsai Trees like to be kept moist, but not soggy.


Are Jaboticaba Bonsai Trees dwarfed Trees?

Jaboticaba Bonsai Trees are kept small through prunning, root pruning, and by growing them in small, shallow pots. The trees are not genetically dwarfed, but they are slow growing and lend themselves to the Bonsai style.

Can Jaboticaba Bonsai Trees still grow fruit?

Yes, Jaboticaba Bonsai Trees bloom and make fruit that is the same size and taste as full-zized trees.

Does a Jaboticaba Bonsai Tree ever need to be repotted?

Yes. Repot your Jaboticaba Bonsai Tree into a slightly larger bonsai pot every 2 years.

Can a Jaboticaba Bonsai Tree be planted in the ground?

Yes, you can plant a Jaboticaba Bonsai Tree in the ground and it will grow into a full-sized tree.