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Syzygium paniculatum

Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn.

Eugenia myrtifolia Sims

Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMyrtalesIncludes myrtles, leadwoods, loosestrifes, pomegranates, evening primroses, many others
FamilyMyrtaceaeMyrtle family, include myrtle, clove, guava, feijoa, allspice, and eucalyptus
GenusSyzygiumFrom the Greek syzygos, “coupled, joined, united”
SpeciespaniculatumWith flowers in panicles

About plant names...

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 native. 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, and reddish when young, turning bright, shiny green. Showy white flowers resem­bling pom poms become magenta-colored ovoid fruits up to ¾" (2 cm) long.

Online References:

Syzygium paniculatum at the Australian Native Plants Society

Syzygium paniculatum at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Syzygium paniculatum on Wikipedia

Syzygium paniculatum on hort.ifas.ufl.edu

Syzygium paniculatum at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 21 Dec 2016.

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Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Syzygium paniculatum (Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry)

Bonsai. · 12/12/2016 · Bonsai West, Littleton, MA
≈ 21 × 14" (52 × 34 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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