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Waterberry

Syzygium cordatum

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An evergreen, water-loving tree, often found near streams, on forest margins or in swampy spots. Can be grown in gardens with a lot of water.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

To grow this species take fresh fruits, clean off the fleshy outer covering and sow the greenish looking seeds in damp well drained soil or sand.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in a seed trays with well-drained soil and cover seeds with a thin layer of soil. Water well and keep in a well-ventilated area. Treat seeds with fungicide before sowing.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feed on the berry fruits.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees
Wet sites
Will grow in damp sites near water.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Mozambique, South Africa, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu Natal
Natural climate
Sub-tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
In central Africa the tree is known as a remedy for stomach ache and diarrhoea. It is also used to treat respiratory ailments and tuberculosis.
Edible
The fleshy fruit is edible, slightly acid in flavour, and is eaten by children, monkeys, bush-babies and birds. The berries are also used to sometimes make an alcoholic drink.
Notes
Medicinal. Food. Timber. Fuel. Apiculture. Erosion control. Poison. Tannin.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
White to Pinkish
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

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