The jaboticaba tree has a habit of producing the fruit directly on the trunk, making this a striking tree. The black fruit has an edible tough skin. The texture is similar to a grape with a sweet and aromatic flavour. Cropping can begin at 5 years with several crops per year after heavy rain. A versatile small tree with decorative coppery foliage that makes for an ornamental specimen tree or superb hedge. The Large Leaf variety has larger fruit than the small leaf selection, but the skin can be a little tougher.