Syzygium variabile is a tree that can grow up to 20 metres tall. The bole is cylindrical but crooked, it can be up to 20cm in diameter and is free of buttresses[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood, which is traded.
Australasia - New Guinea.
A sub-canopy tree in forests, often by rivers and on steep slopes, and often in the more open areas of secondary growth, at elevations around 1,600 - 2,000 metres[
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We have no specific information on edibility for the fruit of this species, but the fruits of many members of this genus are edible[
A 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 - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
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