The Q&A Archives: Eugenia Topiary

Question: I recently bought this plant from my local HD store but it didn't have any information on it. I've searched the website for care tips and information and have found nothing. Will you give me info about this plant and on how to care for it? Thank you.

Answer: Syzygium is the commonly used botanical name for this plant belonging to the Myrtle family. They are comprised of over 1000 species found from Africa, Madagascar and down through Southern Asia into the Pacific. S. australe is native to the rainforest of Eastern Australia. The fruit is sour but typically eaten fresh or cooked into jams and jellies. Your Eugenia will grow in full to partial sun and needs watering weekly, or more often in extreme heat. It is slow growing and should be trimmed annually to keep it in shape. In general, follow a regular watering schedule, feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape. Hope this answers all your questions.

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