Eugenia is erect to spreading bushy large shrub or small tree, with a multitude of uses. It reacts well to pruning making it an excellent plant for topiaries and hedges. The fluffy cream flowers grow into red edible berries.
Generally not harvested, but the edible berries are a treat to kids.
Remove seeds from fruit capsule and sow seeds in spring in well draining medium. Keep moist.
Root greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood in mid- to late summer with bottom heat and rooting hormone.
Air layer in spring.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and other insects to the flowers.
Makes excellent large hedges because of the dense foliage that allow pruning.
Australia, Queensland, New South Wales
Temperate to Tropical
Soil PH preference
Well known as an edible wild fruit with a pleasantly sour apple-like flavour, it can be eaten fresh or cooked into jams.
Susceptible to sooty mould, control aphids and ants to prevent sooty mould.