Jabuticaba’s growth is very slow. Seedlings may not bear fruit until 8 to 15 years of age. The tree is multi-trunked and evergreen. It produces delicious fruit right on the trunk and the main branches. Jabuticaba trees, which produce fruit right on the branches are cauliflory in type. Cauliflory is a botanical term referring to plants that flower and fruit from their main stems or woody trunks and not from new growth and shoots.
When the Jabuticaba reaches maturity it begins to flower and puts on an attractive display. Hundreds of tiny white flowers bloom all over the trunk and branches. Trees may fruit as often as five or six times annually. The fruit is eaten freshly picked.