The Brush Cherry produces tangy and enjoyable fruit however it's mostly planted in gardens as a fast growing screen, and is well known for it's hardiness.
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OTHER COMMON NAMES
Scrub Cherry, Creek Lilly-Pilly, Creek Satinash, Australian Rose Apple, Watergum
Native to sub-tropical and tropical coastal rainforests of eastern Australia.
Brush Cherry is one of 50 syzigium species native to Australia. It is a fast growing evergreen tree with brownish red new leaf growth that matures to a glossy green. Plant height will vary with growing conditions, reaching 30+ meters in old growth forest conditions but only averaging 8 meters in cultivated gardens.
White fluffy clusters of flowers are produced in Summer and early Autumn, resulting in fruit being ready to harvest in Winter.
The Brush Cherry has dense foliage and responds very well to pruning, two features which result in it being a great hedging and screening plant.
Dark pink fruits are sour but edible both raw and cooked. High pectin content makes it great for making chutney, jams, and jellies.
The dense attractive grain of the tree makes it well regarded for use as cabinet timber.
|Size||Medium tree (8-15m)|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|
|Sun Exposure||Partial sun|