Syzygium australe (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) B.Hyland, Austral. J. Bot., Suppl. Ser. 9: 55 1983. (syn: Eugenia australis J.C.Wendl. ex Link; Eugenia myrtifolia Sims [Illegitimate]; Eugenia simmondsiae F.M.Bailey; Jambosa australis (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) DC.; Jambosa myrtifolia Heynh.; Jambosa thozetiana F.Muell.; Myrtus australis (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) Spreng.);
Australia (New South Wales, Queensland), N-New Zealand (introduced), Guatemala
(introduced) as per Catalogue of Life;
It can attain a height of up to 35 m with a trunk diameter of 60 cm. In cultivation, this species is usually a small to medium-sized tree with a maximum height of only 18m.
The leaves are opposite, simple, lanceolate from 4–8 cm long. Flowers are white and in clusters. The dark pink to red fruits are edible.
This species is commonly confused with Magenta Cherry and the Blue Lilly Pilly. However, the Brush Cherry has a paler trunk.
The species occurs in coastal regions in Queensland and New South Wales, northwards from Batemans Bay.
Brush Cherry is commonly cultivated in gardens in eastern Australia, mostly as shorter, shrub-like cultivars such as “Aussie Boomer”, “Aussie Compact”, “Birdsville”, “Bush Christmas”, “Minipilly” and “Tiny Trev”.
These are especially popular as hedges.
The pleasantly sour fruit are also eaten fresh or cooked. The fruit can be used to make jams and jellies.
(From Wikipedia on 28.1.14)
Trees of Lalbagh, Bangalore – RA – Brush Cherry Tree : Attachments (8). 1 post by 1 author.
A small tree with white flowers having four petals.Saw a tiny red berry but could not focus properly due to poor light.
Looks like one of the Myrtaceae members (Eugenia sps ?)
To me, on searching, the flowers look like some Garcinia. Garcinia indica?
On checking my pictures data, can it possibly be Myrtus communis, a Myrtaceae member as suggested by … ?
It is certainly a species belong to the family Myrtaceae but leaf shape and arrangement may not be that of M. communis. The inflorescence and flower bud reminds me Syzygium hemisphericum but leaves are different.
It looks like Syzygium, However, the absence of stamens and the structure of petals make me confused.
I could see the flowering and fruiting recently during visit to Lalbagh.
Thanks for all the help extended in identifying this tree of mine.
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Crassulaceae, Combretaceae and Myrtaceae Fortnight : Myrtaceae : Syzygium australe : Lalbagh,Bangalore : 23DEC14 : AK-76 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Commonly known as Brush Cherry Tree from Lalbagh.