Syzygium oleosum grow and care – plant of the genus Syzygium also known as Blue Lilly Pilly tree, Syzygium oleosum perennial evergreen tree that can be design as shrub, grow for the edible fruits and mostly used as ornamental fragrant plant, can grow in tropic, mediterranean, subtropical or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+

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

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

Syzygium oleosum edible fruits

Fruit color is blue-purple, the fruit taste sweet

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How to grow Syzygium oleosum growing and care:

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 5-9 m (15-27 feet), shrub 2-3 m (6-10 feet) (need to design it for shrub)

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 / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes (but high chance that won’t bloom)

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 50L (10 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.

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring

General information about the flower
White flowers with multiple stamen like needle, the flowers grow in clusters,

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / early summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Syzygium oleosum 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

Scientific name:

Syzygium oleosum

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