Rose Apple, Plum Rose, Roosappel (Afr.), Jambos (Afr.)
Syzygium jambos is a large tropical shrub or tree species in the Myrtaceae family. It can produce numerous fruits once fully established. The showy, fluffy cream-white flowers have a huge source of nectar, which makes it a great attraction to numerous beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife. Once fully grown, this plant forms a wide canopy and requires a large amount of space, making it a perfect choice to grow in large gardens.
Summer, Winter, Spring
Harvest the fruit when they are fresh and ripe (when they turn to a brighter colour).
Seeds can be sown during warm months at a depth of 2 cm and space them 30 to 50 cm apart.
Small nectar drinking birds are attracted to the fowers.
Attracts useful insects
This species attracts multiple beneficial insects.
Soil PH preference
The fruits are eaten fresh or preserved. Fruits spoil quickly and need to be consumed soon after harvest. Some people stuff the hollow insides and bake for a tasty dessert.
The rose apple has only a few insect enemies but has more diseases that affect it. From sooty mould, algal leaf spot, root rot and anthracnose seem to be the main threats to its productivity. A simple preventative measure would be to plant in a sandy soil.