How to grow Wax apple

Wax apple grow and care – tree of the genus Syzygium also known as Syzygium samarangense, Wax apple tree perennial evergreen plant also used as ornamental fragrant plant, can grow in tropic mediterranean, subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 10+.

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.

Wax apple fruits

Fruit color is white the peel color green, yellow, purple or red in pear shape, fruit taste sweet with some cultivar astringent.

Alternative names: Jambu tree, Java apple, Wax jambu, Semarang rose-apple

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How to grow Wax apple – growing and care:

Frost free, humidity, rich soil, better to add fertilizer in the spring, organic matter, in hardiness zone of 10a need to add mulch over the winter

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 when the fruits are astringent better to graft the tree

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

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn (in tropic possible all year)

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants

Pruning season:

How to prune:
For design to easier pick, when the tree is high it’s harder to take care of all the fruits if needed net

Size of the plant:
6-12 m, 20-40 feet

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water, can grow also with big amount of water but no need

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun, possible to grow it in half shape, will bear fruit less, but when the plant is mature it will be too much fruit anyway

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

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

Growing wax apple in containers:

When growing in containers need to keep the plants small, start with pot that will be 20% more than the root ball, 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, drainage it’s important and need to make holes and to use peat soil 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:

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

Pollination is done by:

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Spring / Early summer

Fruits pests or diseases:
Birds, fruit fly

What can be done with big quantities of Wax apple fruits?
Eat raw, juice, ice-cream

Work requirements on the fruit:
Cover with net

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

Ripening of fruit
Require to eat it fully ripen cause the fruit astringent

How to grow wax jambu 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

Scientific name:

Syzygium samarangense

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