Tropical cherry eugenia—or, if you prefer, the marvelously silly Australian name
“magenta lilly pilly”—is a bushy rainforest tree from New South Wales. The latter name derives
from the related and similar lillypilly (Acmena smithii), another rainforest species.
Tropical cherry eugenia is considered
a vulnerable species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999.
One source says these are native to Florida, but I speculate that they are naturalized there, not
This species make a great bonsai. Crossword puzzle fanatics take note: syzygy is the only word in the dictionary
with three ys and no other vowels.
Identification: This is a tropical rain forest species, a
shrub or small tree up to 12' (3.7 m) tall and up to 15' (4.6 m) around, with flaky bark.
Leaves are opposite, lanceolate or elliptic, up to 2" (5 cm) long,
when young, turning bright, shiny
green. Showy white flowers resembling pom poms become magenta-colored ovoid fruits
up to ¾" (2 cm) long.