Wax Jambu in California?

jose_carlos(Zone 10b Malaga)March 18, 2006

Haves somebody get fruiting Syzygium samarangense anywhere in California?

Thanks.

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siegel2

Our winters are too long and too cool to get one to fruit.

I suppose with some protection and a few warm winters you might have a chance.

Mine grows great inside my heated greenhouse here in south Orange County CA.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 1:17PM
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jose_carlos(Zone 10b Malaga)

Thanks Cagary, very nice photos!, Malaga is in the south of Spain and we have a similar climate like California, our winter is short and not too cool, one friend from Thailand is going to send me two wax jambu grafted, my greenhouse is not heated, but I will try it!!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2006 at 4:50PM
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fawnridge(10A)

Jose - he's send you TWO? I hope you really, really, like the fruit. I had one in the ground that I bought in a 7 gallon can. It produced a dozen fruit in the first year, 100 in the second year, and over a thousand in the third year. We dug it up and tossed it in the trash!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 5:05AM
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jose_carlos(Zone 10b Malaga)

Thanks fawnridge, but really I like very much.
Are you from california?
Your wax jambu produce fruit without proteccion?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 10:37AM
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tony_la(21 Sunset ZN)

I live in the San Fernando Valley in LA and I have been growing WAX Jambu outside for several years. I think it is much hardier than was originally thought. My plant grows very vigourously and fruits every year. Every winter I get temps in the low 30's farenhight.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 12:51PM
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jose_carlos(Zone 10b Malaga)

Thanks Tony, when your plant was young did you give any
protection?

Fawnridge, are you also from California?

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 6:09PM
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tony_la(21 Sunset ZN)

It was planted from a gallon pot into an area that is under an overhang of my home. No special protection otherwise. The guy I bought it from had a very large bush or small tree growing in the open (San Diego). The plant is very attractive but the fruit is rather bland. My plant is a white cultivar that is supposedly sweeter. Even in the true tropics I have found the fruit on the bland side.

Good Luck

    Bookmark   March 20, 2006 at 6:26PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

Here's a picture of one in Anaheim, California. What surprises me is not that its growing but how incredibly well its thriving. It produces 3-4 crops per year. Amazing, it goes from flower to ripe fruit in 2 1/2 months or so. Some of the best jambus I've ever tasted also. Not super sweet or anything like that but very very refreshing sweet, and addictive. I could literally go through bags of them. Better than so many that tastes like nothing but water. Here's a picture of the tree.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 1:22AM
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jose_carlos(Zone 10b Malaga)

Very beautiful tree, it looks like very vigorous. You have animated me very much, I hope that my wax jambu grows and come to fruition well, here the SYZYGIUM JAMBOS is fruiting very well so I want to experiment with another syzygium.

Thanks to all!

    Bookmark   March 21, 2006 at 9:27AM
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fruitlover

Hi,
I need help. I live in San Diego, 5 miles off Delmar beach. I have 2 Wax Jambu trees that don't do well. I water it every 3 days, feed it every 2 weeks but the leaves still don't look good. on one tree,small branch at the end of each leave turned dark brown and drop gradually. On other tree only has a few leaves left . Look like they are dying. Last year I had 3 fruits on one tree with a lot of leaves. I don't know what happen ?? Please help

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 1:39AM
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fawnridge(10A)

I'm in South Florida.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2006 at 5:53AM
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Tonton101(CA 8B, 17)

Oh my lord I love was jambu. Used to eat it all the time when I was growing up. Would someone please tell me where you got your plants from?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2011 at 2:23AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

Lots of places sell them in southern Ca, what city are you located?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 4:10PM
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Tonton101(CA 8B, 17)

I am actually in Nor Cal (SF Bay Area). I do plan on moving the tree in door at winter time so it doesn't die on me.

Anyone actually grow jambu in Nor Cal?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2011 at 9:49PM
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Aachal

hey guys does anyone one now where can i find a green wax jambu plant in Northern california

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 3:17AM
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cyh527

I have a green wax jambu in socal, it's flowering. If you happen to take a road trip down here, let me know.

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:07PM
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tokyotech(9)

I'm in Bay Area, California. I bought a Black King Kong Wax Apple cutting from a dude in Los Angelos. It's struggling to grow here. It started at at 8 inches tall. It has only grown 2 inches in the past 5 months. It's been putting out some big leaves, but stem growth is minimal. Some older leaves are browning on the edges. In the attached photo, you can see it behind my guava tree. I'm still cheering it on because I am going through Wax Apple withdrawal. I can only eat it when I visit Taiwan.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 12:09AM
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cyh527

That doesn't look like a wax apple? Is it the little on in the back? The front one looks like a guava.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 12:17AM
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tokyotech(9)

@cyh527, the wax apple is the one behind my guava. Here is a closeup. After 4 months, it decided to bud all over its main trunk.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 12:05PM
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cyh527

Has it fruited before? Do you cover it with anything during the winter? I am thinking of transplanting my wax jambu on the ground but am unsure about the winter here even in socal?

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 12:08PM
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tokyotech(9)

No, it has never fruited. This is a brand new cutting that I planted at the beginning of the year. I'd say it's only 1 foot tall now.

I kept it indoors during the winter. Although it was surviving, it wasn't putting out much growth. I moved it outdoors when the nighttime temperatures consistently exceeded 50 degrees Fahrenheit. On the first day it was outside, many of the edges of the leaves turned brown. You can still see the damage in the photo. I never clipped off the damage. It must have been shocked by the intense sun.

The new leaves that it has grown since being outdoors are large and healthy. None of the new leaves show any burn damage.

It has been attacked by scale insects a few times. I just scrape them off with a blunt pocket knife. And I sprayed the entire seedling with neem oil. The scale insects never came back.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 2:48AM
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MohammadLawati

I bought a plant now to try this exotic fruit. It is getting burnt leaves from the sun and the chickens nibble on them XP
We had summer rains and it got covered roots under water for a day and it survived like nothing happened.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 4:23AM
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newgen(9 Central California)

You can get them for about $30-$40 in Orange County, the trees are about 4' tall.

    Bookmark   May 5, 2014 at 6:51PM
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tokyotech(9)

I should warn you all that compost can kill your potted wax apple. The leaves of my wax apple suddenly became yellow 2 days after putting a thin layer of compost on the surface. I used Ecoscraps no-poop compost: http://ecoscraps.com/shop/product/ecoscraps-compost-mix-8-quarts/ . I'm hoping my tree can survive. These are my observations on how that compost affected my trees.

- Sweetheart Lychee was unaffected by compost.
- Sunshine Blueberry spread out its canopy more.
- Wonderful Pomegranate also got yellow leaves.
- Multi-grafted Cherry tree grew more leaves.
- Prime Ark Blackberry started darkening its berries.
- Fall Gold Raspberry is unaffected.
- Goji Berry is unaffected.
- Apache Blackberry grew a tad bit taller.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2014 at 12:14PM
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cyh527

by compost do you mean just regular potting soil?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:57AM
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zareen333

I love rose apple. I am from Burma. I used to eat them when I was a child. Where can I buy a tree in socal ? Or fruits?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2015 at 2:07AM
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