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Syzygium oleosum
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Syzygium
Species:
oleosum
Synonyms

Syzygium oleosum, common names include blue lilly pilly, Scented satinash, and Blue cherry. It is a species of Syzygium tree native to the eastern Australian rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests.

Description

It is usually a small tree, 4 to 15 m tall. The leaves are opposite, simple and lanceolate to ovate, with a dark glossy upper surface and paler under-surface. The leaves have oil dots and are distinctly aromatic when crushed, with aromas reminiscent of lemons. Its flowers are small and white-cream colored. It produces a purplish red fruit when young, changing to purplish blue when ripe, 13–40 mm in diameter.

Distribution

A wide distribution range on the east side of Australia. From Cooktown, North Queensland to the Illawarra, New South Wales.

Uses

The blue fruit can be eaten freshly picked from the tree or cooked. It has a pleasantly crisp texture and is mildly aromatic and sweet. The fruit can also be made into jams, jellies and wine. It is also grown as an ornamental plant.

Syzygium oleosum Barrenjoey
Blue cherry at Barrenjoey
Syzygium oleosum Cabarita Beach
panicle from Cabarita Beach
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