Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This is one of a series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens compiled by the Friends group. The tree tag number relates to the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Syzygium jambos
Rose apple

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in Palm House

Syzygium jambos is a small ornamental and fruit producing tree from South East Asia. There are a number of varieties producing fruit of various colours and they are grown in many (frost-free) areas of the world. It has been introduced to all continents except Antarctica and can be invasive and a threat to local ecosystems in some areas.

The flowers have small greenish petals and sepals with a spectacular bunch of long white stamens. In temperate regions the tree flowers in summer. The fruit has one or two large seeds and a strong pleasant bouquet (hence the name Rose-apple). It can be grown easily from seed, will do well as a container plant and will flower in as little as three years from seed. It is said to tolerate some slight frost.

Flowers of Syzygium jambos in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Leaves of Syzygium jambos

Rose-apple in Palm House, Belfast Botanic Gardens Leaves of Rose-apple

Flowers of Syzygium jambos after stamens are shed

Rose-apple petals and sepals after the stamens had been shed

Branches and trunk of Rose-apple

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2016. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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