Rose apple

Rose apple

Syzygium jambos

Common Name:

Rose apple

Scientific Name:

Syzygium jambos

Alternative common names:

Jamboes (Afrikaans)


An evergreen tree reaching 5-10m high with dark glossy green leaves 13-20cm long. Large, greenish-white flowers with showy stamens bloom from August to March. The cream yellow, rounded berries are tinged pink with a rose fragrance.

Additional Information

Where does this species come from?

South-eastern Asia

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

Existing legislation: CARA 2002 - Category 3 NEMBA - Category 3

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape

How does it spread?

Seed dispersal.

Why is it a problem?

Competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species. Indigenous birds could neglect the dispersal of indigenous plants as a consequence of their preference for the fruits of this alien species.

What does it look like?

General description: Evergreen tree 5-10m high.
Leaves: Dark green, glossy, thick leaves 13-20cm long.
Flowers: Greenish-white, large flowers with showy stamens from August to March.
Fruit/seeds: Cream yellow, rounded berries that are tinged pink with a rose fragrance.

Does the plant have any uses?

Ornament, edible fruits.

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