Eugenia cymosa Roxb.
Eugenia grandis Wight
Eugenia laosensis Gagnep.
Eugenia montana Wight
Jambosa firma Blume
Jambosa grandis (Wight) Blume
Syzygium firmum (Blume) Thwaites
Syzygium gadgilii M.R.Almeida
Syzygium laosense (Gagnep.) Merr. & L.M.Perry
Syzygium megalophyllum Merr. & L.M.Perry
Syzygium montanum Thwaites & Hook.f.
Syzygium tamilnadensis Rathakr. & V.Chithra
Common Name: Sea Apple
Sea apple is a large, evergreen tree, growing up to 45 metres tall. The bole can be up to 75cm in diameter[
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use, and the wood is also used locally. The tree is sometimes planted to provide shade[
E. Asia - China, Indian subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Deep, humid soils near the coast[
]. An upper canopy tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga and swamp forests at elevations up to 900 metres. Often on alluvial sites near or along rivers and streams, but also on hillsides and ridges[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The tree usually flowers twice a year and the flowers attract large numbers of bees[
]. Dry but edible[
]. The fruit is about 4cm long, with a green, leathery rind[
The wood is greyish-brown, sometimes with a yellowish tinge. It is relatively heavy, durable, moderately hard. A good structural timber, it is used for building purposes, boat and house construction[
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 - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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