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Waterpear

Syzygium guineense

Also known as

Woodland Waterberry, Waterpeer (Afr.), umdoni (isiNdebele)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

10m

15m

Min

8m

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Berries can be picked when they are ripe in late summer.

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Waterpear Overview

The woodland waterberry makes a beautiful shade tree. In nature it usually occurs in lowland forests, in areas close to swamps and sometimes along river banks. It is a medium to large sized evergreen tree with a smooth greyish-white single stem on young trees and beautiful purplish-red young leaves, that turn a glossy, yellow green as they mature. ZA Distribution: KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga.

Common problems with Waterpear

Generally trouble free.

    Waterpear Companion Plants

    Under-plant with water loving plants or as solitary specimen.

    How to propagate Waterpear

    Seed

    It is best to sow seeds in autumn after collection, sow in a well-drained, but moist growing medium, seeds germinate easily. It is important to keep them moist.

    Special features of Waterpear

    Attracts birds

    Birds eat the fruit when it is ripe and spread the seeds in their droppings.

    Wet sites

    Naturally grows in swampy areas.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Waterpear

    Medicinal

    An infusion of the roots is used in African medicine to bathe a patient if an illness has become serious.

    Edible

    The fruit is edible.

    Edible

    Medicinal