Eugenia australis J.C.Wendl. ex Link
Eugenia myrtifolia Sims Pro parte
Eugenia simmondsiae F.M.Bailey
Jambosa australis (J.C.Wendl. ex Link) DC.
Jambosa myrtifolia Heynh.
Jambosa thozetiana F.Muell.
Myrtus australis (J.C.Wendl. Ex Link) Spreng.
Common Name: Brush Cherry
Brush cherry is an evergreen shrub or small tree with flaky bark. It can reach heights of 20 metres or more in the wild, but is more likely to be in the range of 8 - 10 metres with a short, crooked bole, especially in cultivation[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood and edible fruit, and is also often grown as an ornamental and as a hedge. It is sometimes grown in gardens for its edible fruit[
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
Grows in all types of warmer rainforest, often along streams, usually in coastal districts[
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|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
A tree of warm temperate and subtropical climates, just reaching into tropical areas[
]. It is tolerant of occasional, light frosts[
Succeeds in full sun and in partial shade[
]. Prefers rich soils and assured moisture[
]. Succeeds in most soils[
Several named forms have been developed for ornamental purposes, including some compact forms that grow no larger than 2 metres[
Fruit - raw or made into jellies[
]. Crisp and juicy, it ranges in flavour from delicious to mediocre[
]. The reddish-pink to red, obovoid fruit is about 15 - 25 mm long and 15 mm in diameter, with a large seed[
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'[
The reddish or yellowish wood is light, elastic and seasons well[
]. It is used for making oars, boat building etc, and was traditionally used for making boomerangs and shields[
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 when fresh. Either the whole fruit can be sown, or the seed can be separated from the flesh[
]. Germination usually takes 1 - 2 months but, especially if not sown fresh, may be slow and spasmodic[
Cuttings of firm, current season's growth[
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