Exciting news in the conservatory! First jabuticaba blossoms starting to push out! These are the small greenish white “nubs” you can see on the branches below.
Jabuticaba is an unusual tree in that it bears its dark purple grape sized fruits on its trunk and stems. The tree is native to Brazil and attempts to naturalize it in warmer regions of this country have failed. It is excellent fresh, and can also be used for wine and jams. There are even claims of cancer fighting properties in the fruits. The tree has a graceful shape that can that be trained as bonsai, and the leaves are similar to the olive leaves.
Elsewhere in the conservatory, the orange tree has a few lingering blossoms, but look at what’s next; Gardenia!
And while the hibiscus does not have a fragrance like the oranges and the gardenia, it is stunning none-the-less.