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Eugenia myrtifolia (Syzygium)

Australian Brush Cherry
  • Plant Type:
  • Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Large
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush, Column
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 15-40' x 5-15'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Columnar
  • Native To:
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • White
  • Bloom Time:
  • Summer
  • Special Features:
  • Edible, Screen, Seacoast Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #5, #15
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 16, 17, 20-24


An Australian native, Eugenia myrtifolia or Syzygium conforms to a column, bush or multi-trunked tree shape as needed. Its sensitivity to frost confines it to Western Garden zones 16, 17, and 20-24 but it is a blockbuster in these lucky regions. With stunning glossy green foliage that emerges tinged with red, it is attractive all year but particularly when the creamy pom-pom shaped flowers appear in spring or summer yielding cherry-like berries in the autumn. The latter naturally attract birds in droves. It makes a fabulous screen or hedge, conforms nicely to topiary shaping, and serves as a wind-breaker where needed. It is also popular among bonsai artists. Australian Brush Cherry craves sunshine and medium water with well-drained soil, reaching 15-40’ tall and 5-15’ wide with time. As a bonus, it is drought and seacoast tolerant! Boething Treeland offers these in 5 and 15 gallons.