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Botanical Name: Syzygium corynanthum

When in fruit both the tree and the ground below are bright red. Unlike other lilly pillies the new growth is a pale green. The tree is highly attractive and forms a very dense crown making it an ideal shade tree. It is slow growing initially making it perfect for containers.

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$2.95 0 Seedling Pot: 0.25L
Height: 10-20cm
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Preferred Climate

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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?

Likes Temps above 5deg

Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas


Suitability in Pots

Yes with 35L+ Pot

Water Requirements

Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree?

Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest

4-5 Years

Sun or Shade

Full (Sun:80%-100%), Part (Sun:50-80%)

Preferred Soil Type

Perfect Drainage (Sand/Volcanic), Good Drainage

Soil pH

Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)


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Valorie's Edible Fruits
Update: 3465 days 21hrs

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It requires very little attention, looks terrific with bright red fruit laden branches.  Mine is now about 20ft tall and wide spreading.  It bears tons of cherries - too many for me to pick so round up a few friends to help.  It is at its best about a week before Christmas.  I hardly watered it in the drought and it still survived and fruited well.

Fruiting Months November

Planted: 2003

Water Given in: Summer

After Fruiting

When I Fertilise: Never


I would like to identify the type of cherry.  I was told that it was a Lapin but not sure.  It is self pollinating.  Although the cherries look terrific on tree they are sour so am wondering whether it is a sour cherry.  However if left to fully ripen on tree it becomes darker and sweet but still remains a mahogany colour - not dark like a Stella.  Does anyone recognise it?  I pruned it 2 yrs ago after it fruited and it produced less cherries, but bigger ones and the birds all got them so they must have been sweet as the birds are leaving them alone this year.  They do not split, but I have brown rot in them now because of this unseasonal rainy weather we are having.  As I live in Castlemaine, Vic it is a cold climate and therefore very suitable for cherries with -5 o/n temps.

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