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Waterpear

Syzygium guineense

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

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

Propagation

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

Attracts birds
Birds eat the fruit when it is ripe and spread the seeds in their droppings.
Wet sites
Naturally grows in swampy areas.

Geography

Origin
Africa, central Africa, down to Kwazulu Natal in South Africa.
Natural climate
Sub-tropical

Environment

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

Uses

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.

Personality

Family
Myrtaceae
Flower colour
, White, Cream
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally trouble free.

Companion plants

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

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