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Syzygium australe - (J.C.Wendl. ex Link.)B.P.M.Hyland.

Common Name Brush Cherry
Family Myrtaceae
USDA hardiness 6-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Along the coast and adjacent plateaux[265].
Range Australia - New South Wales.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Syzygium australe Brush Cherry

Syzygium australe Brush Cherry


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Physical Characteristics

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Syzygium australe is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft 10in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Edible Uses

Fruit - raw or made into jellies[46, 397]. Crisp and juicy, it ranges in flavour from delicious to mediocre[440]. The reddish-pink to red, obovoid fruit is about 15 - 25 mm long and 15 mm in diameter, with a large seed[365].

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Agroforestry Uses: The plant has a very dense habit of growth and responds well to trimming. It is often grown as a hedge, especially the cultivar 'Brilliant'[K]. The reddish or yellowish wood is light, elastic and seasons well[46]. It is used for making oars, boat building etc, and was traditionally used for making boomerangs and shields[46]. We do not have any more specific information for the wood of this species, but the various species of Syzygium tend to have somewhat similar timber. The general description of syzygium timber is as follows:- The heartwood is a golden brown, greyish brown or brown, with pink or purplish glints; it is not clearly demarcated from the 1 - 4cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain slightly interlocked, sometimes wavy or irregular; there are resin deposits. The wood is heavy; moderately hard; somewhat durable, being moderately resistant to fungi and termites, but susceptible to dry wood borers. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools, nailing and screwing are good so long as the wood is pre-bored; gluing is correct. The wood is used for musical instruments, tool handles, furniture components, shipbuilding, heavy carpentry, flooring, joinery etc[848].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

A tree of warm temperate and subtropical climates, just reaching into tropical areas[397]. It is tolerant of occasional, light frosts[694]. Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade[694]. Prefers rich soils and assured moisture[397]. Succeeds in most soils[694]. Several named forms have been developed for ornamental purposes, including some compact forms that grow no larger than 2 metres[397].

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Seed - best sown when fresh. Either the whole fruit can be sown, or the seed can be separated from the flesh[397]. Germination usually takes 1 - 2 months but, especially if not sown fresh, maybe slow and spasmodic[397, 694]. Cuttings of firm, current season's growth[397].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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Readers comment

   Fri Dec 12 15:58:56 2003

You lot haven't done your research! Syzygium australe is a tree to 35m with delicious fruit. Perhaps someone should look more closely at all Australian flora on this site.

Michael Blake   Wed Feb 16 09:40:27 2005

I've planted a Syzyguim Australe in a large pot in my inner Sydney garden. The tree is now approximately 1.5m tall, and appears very healthy. For some reason the plant attracts hundreds of flies each day. Does anyone have an explanation for this? Is there a known remedy?

   Mon Jul 3 2006

My Syzygium Ausrale are in the large terracota pot right in fron of my house. One is not looking healthy, I water them regularly at least twice a week. Can anyone tell how to save my platnt please.

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