Muntingia calabura L., Sp. Pl. 509 1753.(Syn: Muntingia glabra Spreng.; Muntingia rosea H.Karst.);
Madras Pea Pumpkin, Singapur cherry, Jamaican cherry, Panama berry, Strawberry tree, Bird’s cherry, poor man’s cherry, Jam tree and Cotton candy berry, ppazham (fruit), Jam tree, Cotton Candy berry, Calabura • Marathi: Paanchara पांचारा • Tamil: தேன் பழம் ten pazham • Telugu: Nakkaraegu • Kannada: Gasagase hannina mara;
mun-TING-ee-uh — named after Dutch botanist Abraham Munting (1626-1683)
¿ kal-LAH-bur-rah ? — perhaps derived from West Indian vernacular name for another plant
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Native to: tropical America, Pacific islands; naturalized or cultivated elsewhere
Edible use:
… ripe fruits (as FRUIT) … cherries are very sweet and taste similar to cotton candy … Wikipedia
… in the Philippines and Indonesia the fruits are usually eaten mostly by children although it is not sold in markets … Wikipedia
Birds love the fruits and hence it is called “Bird Cherry” as well;
The leaf infusion is drunk as a tea-like beverage;
Grows wild; seeds are easily distributed by birds who like the fruits-so called cherries a lot. Good plant to attract birds;
Planted as avenue trees and also in gardens. The fruits are edible and attracts a lot of birds and also fruit bats;


For Id 310508JM : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

On 25/5/08 at Sanjeevaiah Park in Secunderabad, AP. There were many trees with a Flowerpecker possibly interested in their fruits. These smallish trees lining both sides of a smallish pathway formed a good roof (over the pathway.)

Looks like Muntingia calabura of Elaeocarpaceae.

This is called as Singapur cherry. It is commonly seen in Pune in many areas. Many birds like its fruits …cherries and thus take part in seed dispersal so many trees are seen growing in open areas.



fruits & vegetables :: NATURALIZED, WILD / CULTIVATED :: Elaeocarpaceae » Muntingia calabura: Elaeocarpaceae (Jamaica cherry family) » Muntingia calabura
mun-TING-ee-uh — named after Dutch botanist Abraham Munting (1626-1683)
¿ kal-LAH-bur-rah ? — perhaps derived from West Indian vernacular name for another plant

commonly known as: calabura, cotton candy berry, jam tree, Jamaica cherry, Panama cherry, strawberry tree
Native to: tropical America, Pacific islands; naturalized or cultivated elsewhere
Edible use:
… ripe fruits (as FRUIT) … cherries are very sweet and taste similar to cotton candy … Wikipedia

… in the Philippines and Indonesia the fruits are usually eaten mostly by children although it is not sold in markets … Wikipedia <>  … perhaps applies to India too.


Some ripe cherries from our garden at Nasik, Maharashtra.

– This fruit [singapore cherry] is really delicious. Tamil name: ‘Thean poosani’ means Honey-cucurbit

The berries are relished by birds like bulbuls.

A wildflower for ID: The plant was a shrub with a wide canopy. Leaves were elongated and hairy with leathery in texture, light green in color.
Patuli, Kolkata, India
8 June 2011

i think this is singapore cherry
Muntingia calabura

Muntingia calabura. Singapore cherry. Post the foliage photo for confirmation. Most common tree in Mysore city.

ID confirmation required RDS 04/08/11:  Photographed this flower at Tungareshwar (North of Mumbai – 5A zone of Malabar Province) on 9th June, 2010. Requesting for ID confirmation, if it is Muntingia calabura of Eleocarpaceae family.


“Rosaceae Week: 03102011MR1 ?wild cherry tree from Pune for ID”:  I think this belongs to Rosaceae family.Please validate

Date/Time- Oct 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS-Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-Garden
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tree
Height/Length- about 1 floor of a building
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-Green
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- not seen
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- green and red cherries were seen but it was too high for me to photograph. Luckily there was a lone cherry on the ground to photograph

The leaves of your tree remind me of something we saw this summer here at eflora…
Most likely a singapore cherry...

a misnomer, since its native to central america like countries of Panama or even mexico… cant remember…
botanical name : Muntingia calabura
… showed it flowers in June this year from Kolkata: efi thread
Wikipedia has many pics by our own …:
Grows all over India in disturbed lands and sometimes becomes big trunked  tree…
I have only seen thin young trunks…
Lets see what the experts say…

Yes I too think this is Muntingia calabura of Muntingiaceae family.
Birds love the fruits and hence it is called “Bird Cherry” as well.

Muntingia calabura too as per another thread


Request for ID 6.7.2012: Found this plant in a temple premisis near Chennai. Photo taken on 01.07.2012

I think Muntingia calabura

Yes, ‘Singapore cherry’….

Muntingia calabura_RKC04_20082012:   Muntingia calabura L.
Loc.: NhaTrang, Vietnam
Date: July, 2012

Delicious fruits

Common in Kerala. Known as ‘bird cherry’. Planted as avenue trees and also in gardens.
The fruits are edible and attracts a lot of birds and also fruit bats.
The seeds are tiny and seedlings can be found all over, seeds sprouting from tiny cracks on walls, roadsides, ditches, roofs etc from bird droppings.
The birds and the bats that come to this tree bring a lot of other seeds as well.

So if you have a bird cherry tree in your garden it will ensure that you will have a good collection of a variety of tree seedlings soon!

Fruit Trees of Bangalore – RA – Muntingia Calabura – Jamaica Cherry Tree – Gasagase: 8 images.

Jamaica Cherry is a very fast-growing tree of slender proportions, reaching 25 to 40 ft in height, with spreading, nearly horizontal branches.
The leaves are evergreen, alternate, lanceolate or ovate, long-pointed at the apex, oblique at the base. 
The flowers with 5 green sepals and 5 white petals and many prominent yellow stamens last only one day, the petals falling in the afternoon. Flowers resemble strawberry bloom, hence the common name, Strawberry tree.
The abundant fruits are round, 1-1.25 cm wide, with red or sometimes yellow, smooth, thin, tender skin and light-brown, soft, juicy pulp, with very sweet, musky, somewhat fig-like flavor, filled with exceedingly minute, yellowish seeds, too fine to be noticed in eating. 
The tree has the reputation of thriving with no care in poor soils. It is drought-resistant but not salt-tolerant. Wherever it grows, fruits are borne nearly all year. Fruits contain hundreds of tiny seeds.
The leaf infusion is drunk as a tea-like beverage. 

Here in Pune, Maharashtra it is commonly known as Singapore cherry.

“Thodi teri, Thodi meri— Ye hai Singapore ki Jamaica cherry”.
Thanks … for sharing pics of another fruit tree.

I tried my luck today again and could get some pictures with great difficulty of the flowers and fruits as the branches were pretty high

I hope it helps for the Id

No doubt Muntingia calabura

Is it what I have photographed is just the calyx with the fruit because I see no white petals of the flower

Muntingia calabura
Family : Muntingiaceae. Also placed in Elaeocarpaceae; Tiliaceae.
Native of Mexico and south America as well as Caribbean countries. Naturalized in India.
Also called as Singapore Cherry.
Grows wild; seeds are easily distributed by birds who like the fruits-so called cherries a lot. Good plant to attract birds.

right now… in a day or two you’ll have a red cherry or two… if you want a picture of the cherry on the tree. they ripen very fast… in a day or two… not weeks as in mangoes etc..

Yes the tree houses many birds esp in the evenings I have seen many Bats

Muntingia calabura is very common in Trivandrum city. We call it Bird cherry since lots of birds visit it.
Years ago we had planted a seedling in a bit of un-cemented area in front of the rented house where we used to live. It grew into a beautiful tree, soon was taller than the house, lots of birds as well as bats were regular visitors. We never removed the fallen leaves and a rich humus cover enriched the soil. The net result was that very many seedlings of a variety of trees started sprouting under this tree. We thus had a wonderful nursery of many wild trees and we regularly supplied seedlings to our friends. Unfortunately the neighbours were not very tolerant of our greening attempts and after a long bout of passive resistance at last very sadly we had to cut down the tree ourselves! But that single tree had taught me many important lessons in ecorestoration.

Thanks … for the interesting story you shared about this tree

So you too have observed Bats on this tree. Looks like Bats love this fruit
On the following site I found some interesting info about Bats feeding on fruits “The fruit juice and pulp is obtained by crushing the fruit. They spit out the skin and fiber after swallowing the juicy pulp.”

… this tree is located in a private society in Pune India

I had wrongly resurfaced this plant for Id as a separate thread The link to the original thread is at efi thread

This is a very common tree in Mysore. The tree is trimmed like an umbrella for shade in roads especially in auto stands, bus shelters, drive in restaurants. I have two trees and also shaped them. I will post the pictures separately as I am unable to attach the photos to this link.
One … is a specialist in shaping these trees and created a very big green pandal using hundreds of trees in a college campus.


Green pandal (shelter) by shaping trees.: This has a reference to the posting by …( link : efloraofindia:”For Id 10102011MR1’’ Resurfacing for Id ?wild cherry tree Pune) and my comments therein. I am posting the photographs of the trees in front of my house, which have been shaped by an expert in creating green pandals (shelters) on roads, auto-stands , bus stops, drive in hotels etc. in Mysore. The tree on the left is Muntangia calabura and on the right is Pongamia pinnata. The person seen in the photograph is Mr. Ali, an expert in shaping trees for shade purposes, who has created a giant green shelter in one of the college campuses using hundreds of trees.


ForID 220513GK : Attachments (2). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Kindly help in identification
Tree 30-40ft, grown around Govt.Nursery, Solapur

Pictures taken on 18 May, 2013, 7am

Muntingia calabura L.: Elaeocarpaceae



ID request – 24062013PC1 : Attachments (3).  4 posts by 3 authors.

Please identify this plant, a short tree, growing in Hampi, Karnataka.

I think Muntingia calabura.

I agree with … id: Muntingia calabura.
Commonly called as ‘Singapore cherry’.

Request for Tree ID x-9: Attachments (2). 6 posts by 4 authors.

Requesting id of this tree (picture taken at Mumbai). There are tiny white flowers on the branches but cannot see them very clearly.

The images are really unclear to be very sure about the identification.
But looking at the overall appearance of the whole tree and leaves, this could be Tremma orientalis.
The flowers will be greenish. Tremma is currently in bloom.

This is the Singapore Cherry tree [Muntingia calabura] – an exotic.

I agree with …,  It is the singapore cherry

Would like to correct my identification. Agree with Singapore Cherry.
It is indeed not Tremma.

Zooming in the image – white flowers can be seen.

Which tree?/ABJAN08 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).
This tree is common on the road verges on the outskirts of Bangalore and in Andhra Pradesh. I took this on my phone at the Karnataka-AP border at a petrol pump. There are this tiny flower with a very mild scent placed distant on the slightly drooping branches. Please advise.
16 January 2015

Muntingia calabura

Singapore cherry. Jamaica cherry


Muntingia calabura from Bangalore-GSSEP4/122 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

Muntingia calabura
A common tree in Bangalore, flowering these days (20.9.15)

Photographed along Kaikondrahalli lake, Bangalore

Cultivated plant for ID_DSR_1Oct2016_1/1 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
This plant species was planted in a house in Pantnagar (Uttarakhand). The resident collected brought it from Maharashtra where it is often planted in Amu (bird) rearing areas for shade and locally called as “Cherry“.

Flowers are hexamerous (6 speals, 6 petals, numerous stamens and 6 carpels) and solitary or in pairs in axil of leaves. Mature fruits are reddish and reported as edible.

I have no idea of genus or family. Please help in the ID.

It is a fast growing moderate tree.

it is Muntingia calabura; commonly planted as an ornamental / avenue tree.


Muntingia calabura L. ?? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8) – around 800 kb each.

Location :  Pokhara, Nepal 

Date : 8 August 2017
Altitude : 2600 ft.


Muntingia calabura L. ?? : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date: 22 August 2012
Altitude: 40 ft.

Yes, I also think so. 

For me it is correct.


Identification : 7 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
Kindly identify this tree.
Date/Time- 16 NOV 2018
Location-Place, Altitude, GPS- Siem Reap, Cambodia, 13° 22′ 11.57” N 103° 51′ 5.21” E
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Urban
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Tree
Height/Length- 5 m.
20190316VST1 – Front view of flower
20190316VST2 – Side view of flower showing pointed sepals.
20190316VST3 – Immature fruits or hips green in colour.
20190316VST4- Long shot of tree
My guess – Genus – Rosa, Species – ???

Muntingia calabura to me.

Yes. I agree with … id.

Muntingia calabura

… would know as an expert. its supposed to be a very common tree in his city. yes from me, flower is similar to what i have photographed in west bengal south 24 paraganas. same plant that was reported and shown by … from Patuli- efi thread

Yes, Muntingia calabura

Thanks for confirming the ID. We have plenty of this tree in our place.


Muntingia calabura :: Virajpet, Coorg :: 10 NOV 19 : 1 post by 1 author. 1 image.
… at a resort  in Virajpet, Coorg
Dates: November 10 – 11, 2019 … Altitude: about 910 m (3000 ft) asl
Muntingia calabura  L.
Seeing a rather large version of otherwise small tree; this one is 2-storey high.  


Attaching a few images of Muntingia calabura.


Attaching a few more images of Muntingia calabura



Tree sp.04 from Assam KD 09 Mar 24: 4 images.
Attached images (Mobile Photos) are tree sp. from AssamPlease ID of the plants sp.
Date : 15.02.2024
Location: Assam
Family : Tiliaceae (??)
Genus & species : ??
Habit: Tree

Muntingia calabura L.


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