Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 

 Syzygium oleosum

Blue Cherry, Oily Satinash

Myrtaceae

 


Form and Size: A small tree to 10m, bushy to ground level and with a spreading crown

Distribution: Cooktown, Qld to Tuggerah Lakes, NSW; in rainforests and moist eucalypt forests

Leaves: Opposite, egg-shaped or oval, dark glossy green above, paler beneath, to 10cm x 3.5cm,
having a lemon smell when crushed; new growth is bronze in colour

Flowers: White, fluffy, small; borne in small clusters in the upper leaf axils

Flowering Period: November to February

Fruit: Blue to purple, globular, shiny, about 1.5cm diameter

Cultivation/Notes: Propagate from fresh seed or cuttings
An easily grown tree, which adapts to a wide range of soils and conditions
It is a variable species but will perform best in higher rainfall areas
In the open it often will not exceed 3-4 metres in height
The fruit are edible and quite tasty, and are suitable for jam