Growing Surinam Cherry
The Surinam Cherry is not related to true cherries although it sometimes has a slightly similar appearance. Like a cherry it is a stone fruit, having a single seed or pit encased in a fruity ovary which is the part we eat salaciously. Most resemble a tiny pumpkin while others are black and purple.
The Surinam Cherry tree is actually a small shrub reaching only 5 - 6 feet at most, and will tolerate most soil types. It will not tolerate salt marshy areas, cold or full shade.
Full Sun - Warm climates averaging at least in the 70s preferably a tad higher.
Water - modestly till established, although it will withstand standing water this is not advisable.
Standard fruit tree fertilization. High phosphorous for fruit production.
No known pests , which is one reason it is considered an invasive plant in some regions.
Surinam Cherry trees will spread out quite a lot and pruning is sometimes needed. A light pruning can actually stimulate fruit production, just don't get carried away.
Cut the youngest and smallest branches back to the first lateral junction. Older branches that are damaged should be cut to the trunk. They can be pruned into a hedge like structure for aesthetic purposes, but this is only advisable if you are a seasoned gardener familiar with pruning practices of this nature. Heavy pruning can destroy the plant or its ability to produce fruit.