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PlantFiles: Malay Apple, Mountain-Apple
Syzygium malaccense

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Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Syzygium (siz-ZY-gee-um) (Info)
Species: malaccense (muh-lack-EN-see) (Info)

Synonym:Eugenia malaccensis

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Category:
Edible Fruits and Nuts
Trees
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Profile:

4 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive KINSANG On Jun 27, 2011, KINSANG from Broadview-Pompano Park, FL wrote:

Known as "otaheite apple" in Jamaica (W.I.). I loved these growing up! They make the most refreshing juice!

Positive einaudi On Jan 30, 2005, einaudi from Hana, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

In Hawaii most folks call the Malay Apple "Mountain Apple". In rainforest settings such as Hana, Mountain Apple will grow to 50 feet if in competition with other trees. Individual trees planted in open settings grow to half that height. Flowers are spectacular, many stamened and a bright rosey pink. The rosey stamens litter the forest floor beneath the trees, making these trees easy to find even if you cannot see the flowering canopy itself in dense forest.

Positive AuNatural On May 23, 2004, AuNatural from W'Ville, WA wrote:

Lovely pictures. I grew up in Trinidad, W.I. (Caribbean). We call them pomeracs there. Delicious fruit when ripe. One mature tree can bear 50-100 lbs of fruit around Oct/Nov, if I remember correctly. So much so that you can't give them away and they end up rotting on the ground. Now I live in Seattle and long just 1.

Positive foodiesleuth On Apr 30, 2004, foodiesleuth from Honomu, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Malay Apples are called Mountain Apples in Hawaii and grow quite profusely here. Not unusual to see them in many backyards.

The fruit can be a delicate waxy pinkish white or a deep red. Very juicy when ripe. The blooms (and fruit) grow directly attached to the branches of the tree. Not usually seen as a "value added food product" but commonly eaten out of hand.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Boca Raton, Florida
Lake Worth, Florida
Merritt Island, Florida
Miami, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Hana, Hawaii
Hauula, Hawaii
Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii
Honomu, Hawaii
Kailua, Hawaii



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