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Will Jambolan Plum fruit in Melb?

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mcmelb1 starts with ...
I was thinking of growing a Jambolan Plum Syzygium cumini in Melbourne. I think i can make it survive here.
The question is whether the tree will fruit, as I've read that it only fruits well in the tropics.
Anyone growing the tree with some input? Especially those from the south, e.g. sydney, adelaide, perth.
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SOUTH YARRA,3141,VIC
22nd May 2017 10:30am
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Linton says...
Hallo again mcmelb

You do not need to wonder if Syzygium cumini will survive here in Melbourne, that is the least of your worries, you only need to work out how to stop them from growing too fast. These are naturally huge vigorous trees up to 100 feet high. I am growing the three plants pictured in pots to try to curtail their growth. Chopping them back just seems to make the growth spread out and become more bushy.

As to whether they will fruit here, this was raised in previous threads under the topic of Jambolan Plum. I had mentioned that there is a tree that produces fruits in Toowoomba that often gets frosts. So I reckon there is a good chance of them fruiting here, at least where I am there never gets frost.
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NOBLE PARK,3174,VIC
25th May 2017 11:14am
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mcmelb1 says...
Hi Linton,

Wow you are growing and have experience with so many plants i should just ask you whenever i have a question. Haha!

Hmm, 100 feet is way too big for my property. Maybe I could graft some of the branches onto another Syzygium? Have you ever tried that?


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denise1 says...
I have seen a small jambolan plum growing in a bucket sized p ot in a open ended greenhouse in climate similar to Sydney. It is less than one meter tall and has had a nice bunch of fruit.
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Jo10 says...
I have in one near regional vic near Echuca....vigorous growth...been 3 years old
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PSFIGUEREDO says...
Hello Braintrust. I have a jambolan plum tree that was purchased from Daleys in May 2018. It was a foot long then and I have been growing it in a large terracotta pot in my NW Melbourne greenhouse since then. The base trunk is now 3in thick and the height is 3ft. It has spread out broadly and i have kept pruning the top to encourage bottom branches to curb the height. My questions are am I being overly optimistic to expect fruit in Melbourne weather? If not when does fruit set in? I have moved this out of the greenhouse and placed it between a north facing brick wall and the water heater. Should I move it back in the greenhouse for winter. Thanks in advance.
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