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. http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust
Plant Information or Specifications
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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, Sometimes
Amount of leaves in Winter?
All Leaves (Evergreen)
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Question & Answer
This tree grows to 8m, does it take kindly to severe pruning so it can be treated more like an orchard tree and the fruit easier to harvest? From: MOORLAND NSW
Rose apples respond well to pruning to maintain them as a compact tree or shrub. They are susceptible to Myrtle rust so a regularly application of a fungicide is also recommended to keep this under control.
Customer Comments on 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! | Suzy Zullo - coffs Harbour, NSW 10-Dec-2006
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. | Dawne Zotz - Carlingford, NSW 08-Jan-2010
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. | Diane - Seven Hills, NSW 08-Apr-2010
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. | Norzaini Amin - Macgregor, QLD 13-Aug-2016
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