What is the plant
Syzygium oleosum is an evergreen shrub or small tree, usually growing 6 - 12 metres tall, but sometimes larger. The bole can sometimes reach 30cm in diameter. When growing in an open, sunny position it has dense, ground-sweeping foliage.
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use. The tree is grown as an ornamental.
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.
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.
A wide distribution range on the east side of Australia. From Cooktown, North Queensland to the Illawarra, New South Wales.
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