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Eugenia

Syzygium paniculatum

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested, but the edible berries are a treat to kids.

Propagation

Seed
Remove seeds from fruit capsule and sow seeds in spring in well draining medium. Keep moist.
Cuttings
Root greenwood cuttings in early summer or semi-hardwood in mid- to late summer with bottom heat and rooting hormone.
Layering
Air layer in spring.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and other insects to the flowers.
Hedge plant
Makes excellent large hedges because of the dense foliage that allow pruning.

Geography

Origin
Australia, Queensland, New South Wales
Natural climate
Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Well known as an edible wild fruit with a pleasantly sour apple-like flavour, it can be eaten fresh or cooked into jams.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
Cream
Scent
None

Problems

Susceptible to sooty mould, control aphids and ants to prevent sooty mould.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

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