How to grow Malay apple

Malay apple growing tree of the genus Syzygium also known as Syzygium malaccense or Otaheite apple tree, Malay apple perennial evergreen plant, grow for the edible fruits also used as ornamental plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+

Leaves are shiny and when the leaf is young it grow in red color

Flower color pink with multiple stamen like needle, the flowers grow in clusters,

Malay apple fruits

Fruit color is white the peal can be: purple, red, green, orange or pink, fruit shape is round or pear shape, Pomerac fruit taste watery sweet with astringent sometimes reminds Pears or Apples, it’s not actual apple.

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How to grow Malay apple growing and care:

Frost free, when the tree is young have to be frost free after this can survive light frost, prefer humidity, rich soil, better to add fertilizer in the spring, organic matter

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seeds – explanation bellow / Air layering

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but if the fruit not for your test, graft

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Seeds grow too easily and can be invasive in the garden

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants

Pruning season:

How to prune:
For design to easier pick keep it small

Size of the plant:
5-12 m, 15-40 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about Otaheite apple flower:
Pink flowers with multiple stamens like needles, the flowers connected and grow in clusters,

Pollination is done by:

Edible Fruits

Fruit harvest season:

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Malay apples fruits?
Eat raw

Work requirements on the fruit:
Should be cover with net if there is fruit fly

How long does it take to bear fruit?
3-4 years

Ripening of fruit
Require to eat it fully ripen cause the fruit astringent, pick the fruits only when the colors are strong like: purple, red, green, orange or pink

How to grow malay apple from seed

Sowing requirement:
Fresh seeds the seeds lose their viability, rich soil, sunny location,

Saving seeds until sowing:
Room temperature, dark and dry location

Sowing season:
Possible from spring to autumn but will be the best in spring to early summer and in hardiness zone 10a after the last frost, in tropical climate possible also in the winter

Planting spacing:
Better plant each one in different pot because it’s easy to take care and then choose the best to transplant in the right location

Depth of Sowing:
2cm (1inche) from the top of the seeds

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Moist soil and full sun, peat soil and perlite or other light soil

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water – keep the soil moist don’t let the soil dry, maybe put mulch to help to keep the moist of the soil

Germination time:
2 weeks to 1 month

Condition of seedling:
Seedling needs support of fertilizer with nitrogen in order to grow faster, weed free area and they will grow faster also sunny location and warm weather

Scientific name:

Syzygium malaccense

Alternative names: Otaheite apple tree, Pomerac tree, Malaysian apple tree, malayan apple tree, Pomerac fruit, Mountain apple, Malay rose apple tree

Blooming Seasons

Edible Parts

Culinary Uses

Flower Colors


Harvest season

Leaf color

Ornamental parts

Plant growing speed

Plant life-form

Plant uses

Planting season

Plants sun exposure

Watering plants

Hardiness zone