Scientific name: Syzygium jambos (L.) Alston
Common Name: Rose Apple
Chinese name: 蒲桃
Plant family name: Myrtaceae
Habit: Evergreen tree
Flowering period: March to April
Localities: Cultivated and naturalized
Rose Apples are native to tropical Asia. They are cultivated and are now naturalized in our countryside. Rose Apples have a variety of uses including landscaping, reinforcing dyke, providing a good windbreak and also providing food for local wildlife.
Rose Apple is a tree up to 10m tall. Leaves are opposite. Leaf blade is leathery or firmly papery, lanceolate to oblong. Base is broadly cuneate and apex long acuminate. Both leaf surfaces are with many small pellucid glands. Cymes are terminal, with several greenish white flowers. Fruit is globose and turns pale yellow or red when ripe.
Rose Apple is distributed in South China, Indochina, Malaysia and Indonesia.