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Syzygium paniculatum - Magenta Cherry

  • Syzygium paniculatum is a beautiful flowering and fruiting evergreen tree that is native to Australia but can sometimes be seen around the Mediterranean coasts. Flowers on the new growth are it very pretty; showy powder-puff flowers(creamy colour) are produced in late Spring to early Summer. Following on from the flowers are cherry sized fruits with a crispy flesh surrounding a pea sized seed. The fruits are succulent and have a fleshy pulp which is sweet in flavour. Can be eaten raw or cooked. The masses of red, purple and pink fruits are particularly pretty when ripening in the Winter. Best to grow in large pots on the patio (or planted in the garden for the Summer) and if apart from the south coast of England, it should be overwintered frost free in an unheated room or in conservatory. It has dark green, glossy foliage but its main attractions are the flowers and fruits. The Magenta Cherry prefers a well-drained but fertile soil and requires regular watering; however, it is not too fussy to soil conditions and light.

 Also known as:  Eugenia, Australian Brush Cherry, Lilly Pilly
 Native to:    Australia
 Family:    Myrtaceae - Myrtus Family
 Habit (UK conditions):  small tree where native or in frost free areas; medium shrub if kept in a pot (fast grower)
 Usual size in 5 years (UK conditions, in pot):  2 x 1m
 Main value:   flowers, fruits, foliage
 Flowers are:   white
 Flowering period:  early Summer
 Autumn coloration:  - (evergreen)
 Preferences:   full sun or light shade with regular watering
 Hardiness:   not frost hardy, it has to be overwintered frost free (may be fully hardy in cities in South England and on the south coast)
 Known hazards:    none to our knowledge
 Edible uses:  fruits, eaten fresh or in preserves

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