Rose Apple

Syzygium jambos

Rose Apple close up of fruit that is ripe

Native to the East Indies, this attractive tree has glossy narrow leaves and dark red new growth. The yellow fruit is rose petal flavoured and in a class of its own for taste. The tree is virtually never without fruit or flowers, fruiting for about 6 months of the year. The white fluffy flowers are spectacular and attract many bees and birds with their fragrance. A beautiful ornamental plant. Fruits in 3-4 years from seed. Warning This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust (Puccinia psidii s.l.)It has been observed in the field with moderate to severe damage and will require ongoing treatment to control the rust. For more information follow this link.

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Specifications of Rose Apple

Preferred Climate Tropical, SubtropicalLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) +10m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Likes Temps above 5deg, Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas SA, WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? No (Full Size)

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 5+ Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March

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Rose Apple Reviews & Tips

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Gerard Sheppard
2y ago

Wagga Wagga, N.S.W, Australia

Rose Apple

no special tip,have grown through to fruiting,plants may loose leaves but regrowth occurs in spring

Matthew Wisniewski
2y ago

Frankston , VIC, Australia

Rose Apple

Cold hardy, growing in Melbourn, seedling and pushing out new growth. Dose not mind the cold at all

★★★★ 2y ago


I like these fruits because they are so easy to grow and don't get fruit fly. The fruit is better/moister if the tree is watered well when fruiting. Tastes like turkish delight. The new growth is quite red so it looks good in the garden also.

Norzaini Amin
5y ago

Macgregor, QLD, Australia

Rose Apple

We used to have this in the backyard. That recipe for the dip is , mix 1/4 cup soy sauce, add 2 tbs sugar and 2 tbs sweet chili sauce, great dip for a chopped up rose apple or jambu.

11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

Has been nibbled to the max by possums. They love this one, but it still surviving. Just. Mass of twigs, no leaves.

★★★★ 11y ago

CAWONGLA, NSW, Australia

I planted two of these some years ago... possibly 6 years ago. They prefer frost free, which isn't this place, but have survived even the black frost. I honestly cannot remember whether they were grafted or not... I think not... I bought them from Dale...

11y ago

Seven Hills, NSW

Rose Apple

Rose apples and similar lilly pilly type fruit are eaten raw with the dip Dawne describes. Often combined with peanuts, pineapple, soy cake, jicama, mung sprouts, water spinach in a Malaysian salad called rojak. The exact recipe should be online.

Dawne Zotz
11y ago

Carlingford, NSW

Rose Apple

There is an Asian recipe for the use of Rose Apples. Some of the ingredients are chilli, sugar, soya sauce. I don't know how it is cooked. It is used as a dip.

12y ago

Albany, WA, Australia

Unenthusiastic grower and producer of pleasant rose flavoured fruit. Fruit tend to be a bit dry.

★★ 12y ago

Auldana, SA, Australia

doing ok although some leaves burn in the high summer heat or in frosts

★★★ 12y ago

Unanderra, NSW, Australia

Hardy, easy to grow tree with tasty small fruits.

Suzy Zullo
14y ago

coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

Rose Apple

It's true - this was already in our garden when we bought it - the flowers are lovely, the fruits genuinely smell like rose petals (and taste delicate) and it's very hardy but extremely attractive native (big dark leaves). Kids even ate fruit this avo!

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