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Syzygium jambos

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Photo Locations: Santa Barbara City College - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

This plant is weedy. We do not recommend planting it in Hawai’i.

Rose apple is widely grown throughout the tropics and is naturalized in a number of areas, including the Hawaiian Islands. It is rarely planted but widely seen on roadsides and in moist lowland forests. The rose-scented fruit is edible. Syzygium jambos has a HPWRA (Hawai'i Pacific Weed Risk Assessment) score of 20 (High Risk).

Has fragrant Fruit.

Family: Myrtaceae

Additional Common Names


Tree Characteristics

Erect with a Low Canopy.

Rounded Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 30 feet.

Width: 20 - 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.

Longevity 40 to 150 years.

Leaves Lanceolate, Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Green or White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Prolific, Pink, Yellow or Mostly Green Drupe, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall Edible.

Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 18 - 24; H1, H2.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 11.

Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Neutral to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in South Coast.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Thrip.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Special Uses & Values


Hedged or Topiary.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Syzygium jambos Tree Record." 1995-2020. Aug 14, 2020.
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