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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -3
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Rubiaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Alibertia edulis
(marmelada, puruí, Madrono)

This deciduous bush hails from Central and South America where it thrives in sunny lowland disturbed areas. It is considered to be a good pioneer species for reforestation in its homeland. It thrives in poor soil conditions with quick establishment and fast growth. It is dioecious meaning it needs both male and female forms to produce viable seeds. The bush is sometimes cultivated for its fruit which is eaten raw and made into jellies. Madrono is in the same family as guava. The leaves can be added to a bath to help reduce hernias, and the wood can be used to make charcoal.

Plant Uses

  • Ornamental
  • Edible

Dangers

None