The Q&A Archives: Brush Cherry Shrub

Question: I went to a local nursery with a cutting from a shrub in our yard, because I was looking to purchase another just like it. I was told that it was a Brush Cherry and the gentleman took me over to where they had them. I noticed that their plant had many red fruits on it. Ours has never had fruit. Do you grow a fruitless version of the Brush Cherry? If so, where could I find it?
Michele Sliker

Answer: Brush cherry (Syzygium) is an Australian native, and as such performs best where the summers are warm and dry. They all flower and produce fruit, under the right circumstances. Yours may have been pruned after flowering, which would remove potential fruit, it may flower during rainy spells which might prevent pollen from being transfered, or it could be that your spring weather simply isn't hot enough for the plant to produce flowers. In any case, planting another brush cherry will probably produce similar results - no fruit. On the other hand, it may flower and fruit right on schedule. There's no guarantee!

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