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Capulin Cherry

Prunus salicifolia

Very similar to the common cherry, the capulin cherry is a subtropical cherry with dark red skin a flesh, firm flesh, and a tasty sweet flavor.

Seed Availability

Seeds are now available at our seed store.


A fast growing tree, up to 30 feet tall.


Capulin cherry's are best adapted to subtropical climates and stand temperatures to 19F.

Growing Environment

Does not require winter chill to flower and fruit. Additionally, the fruits tend to ripen earlier than typical Northern cherry varieties. Plant in full sun and water frequently for best fruit. The trees are drought tolerant.


By seeds. Seeds may go dormant for a few months, but respond well to moist soil and warmth.

Germination Info

Though not required, seeds should be cold stratified for 2-3 months prior to planting for best results. To cold stratify, place seeds in airtight plastic bags with some moisture, e.g. peat moss, moist towel, and put in the refrigerator. Once cold treated, plant seeds at 1/4-1/2" deep in moist, well-drained soil. Water regularly, but take care not to over water, to the point where soil is dripping wet, as this can cause fungal and bacterial growth which may harm the seed. Keep soil temperature at 70-85F. While seeds may sprout in 4-8 weeks, even under proper conditions seeds can take as long as 18 months to sprout.


Eaten fresh, uses are similar to those of the common cherry.

Native Range

Native throughout much of Mexico and Guatemala.

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