Rose Apple

Syzygium jambos

Rose Apple, Plum Rose, Roosappel (Afr.), Jambos (Afr.)

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A close up of some fluffy white Syzygium jambos flowers
profile iconStarr 080326-3711 Syzygium jambos
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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​.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Fruiting time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest the fruit when they are fresh and ripe (when they turn to a brighter colour).

Propagation

Seed

Seeds can be sown during warm months at a depth of 2 cm and space them 30 to 50 cm apart.

Special features

Attracts birds

Small nectar drinking birds are attracted to the fowers.

Attracts useful insects

This species attracts multiple beneficial insects.

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

India

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible

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.

Personality

Family

Myrtaceae

Flower colour

White, Cream

Scent

Mild

Problems

​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.
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