Eugenia corynantha F.Muell.
Eugenia punctulata F.M.Bailey
Syzygium corynanthum is an evergreen tree with an extremely dense crown; it usually grows up to 15 metres tall, though can occasionally reach 30 metres[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. This species produces millable logs and the timber has been marketed as Killarney Satinash for many years in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. A commonly cultivated ornamental tree in Australia, grown for shade and for the massed display of red fruits[
Australia - northern New South Wales to northern Queensland.
Well developed upland and mountain rain forest; at elevations from 450 - 1,100 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant mainly of the subtropical regions of eastern Australia, but extending northwards to northern Queensland[
]. It can tolerate light frosts[
Succeeds in full sun and in dappled shade[
Plants are slow-growing when young[
Fruit - cooked. A succulent flesh[
]. The very sour fruits are often seedless and are sometimes used for jam making[
]. The red, pear-shaped fruits can be 11 - 18mm in diameter, containing a single seed about 6 - 8mm in diameter[
A useful general purpose structural timber[
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, ship building, heavy carpentry, flooring, joinery etc[
Seed - it is readily attacked by insects and very few fruits contain viable seed. If viable seed can be obtained, then it should be sown as soon as it is ripe - even then it can take 2 - 24 months to germinate[
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