Syzygium australe grow and care – tree of the genus Syzygium also known as Brush Cherry, Syzygium australe perennial evergreen plant grown for the edible fruits but mostly o used as ornamental shade tree, hedge plant or bonsai (Brush cherry bonsai), can grow in tropic, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.
Syzygium australe edible fruits
Leaves are shiny and when the leaf is young it grow in red color.
Flower color white with multiple stamen like needle, the flowers grow in clusters.
Fruit edible the color is pink or red, fruit taste sour to tasteless with astringent.
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Better frost free, when the tree is young have to be frost free or cover it, rich soil, organic matter
How to care: Fertilize once a year, prune infected branches and better to prune one a year, add organic matter, when the soil dry better to add mulch
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seeds / Air layer / Cutting
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but if the fruits: dry, small, without a lot of flesh consider to graft, easy to start by seeds but need fresh seeds
Difficulties or problems when growing: Seeds grow too easily and can be reseed in the garden
Planting season: Spring, summer, autumn
How to plant: Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 30-50%, put in the hole organic matter, hummus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the tree and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant the tree, cover it and don’t push the soil too much strong but not too much lightly because it won’t be stable, after this put mulch and dead leaves on the soil to keep moist on soil, put water every day for the next two weeks (better in the morning) , better to take care that the tree will be stable, and if not support it with bamboo or a stick that it won’t fall.
Pests and diseases: Aphids, ants, mealy bugs
Pruning season: Autumn to winter or directly after the fruits
How to prune: For design, for easier fruit pickup, when the tree full of aphids better to cut the leaves and collect all the infected leaves and put them far away
Size of the plant: Tree 15-25 m (45-75 feet), can be design as shrub 1-3 m (3-10 feet)
Growth speed in optimal condition: Fast growing (grow fast in hot climate or enough fertilizers / Medium growing
Water requirement: Average amount of water to big amount of water (the tree like water but it’s not must and will grow slowly with less amount of water), the amount of water depend on the soil in soil with less
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, in containers need to keep the plants small, start with pot that will be 50-100% more than the root ball, bigger the plant smaller the percentage, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size, better to use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when the plant big need to switch part of the soil, minimum size for the tree it’s 25L (5 gallons) better 100L (20 gallons) when grow in container need to put more fertilizer in order to get fruits, drainage it’s important and need to make holes and to use peat soil with perlite or potting mix and maybe some lava grit in the bottom or something like that, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom but also need to dry in the same day.
Bloom season: Spring
General information about the flower White flowers with multiple stamens like needle, the flowers grow in clusters,
Pollination is done by: Bees
Fruit harvest season: Summer
Fruits pests or diseases: Birds, fruit fly
What can be done with big quantities of Syzygium australe fruits? Eat raw
Work requirements on the fruit: Nothing special
How long does it take to bear fruit? 2-4 years
Ripening of fruit: Require to eat it fully ripen cause the fruit astringent
Alternative name: brush cherry, scrub cherry,creek lilly-pilly, lilly pilly