Wax jambu fruits

sdgardenSeptember 27, 2006

I harvested the first fruits of wax jambu last week. The tree was planted 2 years ago from a 5-gallon pot and it is 10 feet tall now. It must like the alkaline clay soil of San Diego. It flowered last and did not produce any fruits until this year. The variety is call "black pearl" and is dark red in color. The fruits are crunchy, juicy and very refreshing and mildly sweet. Hopefully, there will be more fruits next year since it only had 7 in total. I have a picture in the following link.

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congratulation on your success with wax jambu. Mine are so unfornate dying slowly ( from the top down or produce tiny leave and fall off) eventhough I take care of them well. I live in Torrey Hills where the soil is mostly sandy soil. I mixed them with a lot of top soil but seems no success. Any advises are greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2006 at 11:10PM
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You are actually quite close to me. I live in Del Mar Mesa. Anyway, I am not sure if I can give you good advice. I have planted wax jambu right next to a star fruit plant. The wax jambu just grows and grows while the star fruit never grows well and withered from the top. The star fruit tree is only 2-feet tall now, although it has sprouted from lower stem and it may recover yet. I heard that was jambu tolerates salt pretty well, so you might want to add more fertilizer. The other potenital problem is drainage. My wax jambu is irrigated every day during summer but the location is well drained.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 5:06PM
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I finally find a way to post the photo directly. Here it is.


    Bookmark   September 28, 2006 at 5:22PM
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Eggo(z10soCal LBC)

Great picture! I guess I can rule out what I had is a "Black Pearl" now. Mine definitely does not get that deep red coloring. Looks great! How was the taste?

    Bookmark   October 14, 2006 at 12:44PM
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The fruits tasted succulent and sweet with unique flavors of wax jambu. They were very juicy and refreshing. The color was actully much darker red than the picture might indicate. The flash light probably made the fruits more pink than red. Anyway, the color continues to deepen and the darker the color is the sweet the fruit becomes.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2006 at 12:45PM
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So you have wax jambu in San Diego and it grows well. I'm going to try it then. Does anyone have any plants to sell or know where to get it around San Diego? I'm looking for a sweet wax jambu. I heard Black Pearl is the one to get.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 10:58PM
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Wow, this thread is more than 6 years old!

I was wondering if there was still anyone in Southern California who has Wax Jambu or knows where I can get my hands on them. I'd like to plant some outside in my backyard.


    Bookmark   April 27, 2012 at 6:48PM
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newgen(9 Central California)

There are several nurseries in Orange County that sell the plants. If you're asking about fruits, I don't think they're in season yet.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2012 at 3:26PM
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Any more info on growing wax jambu? Will tie grow well in a pot?

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 1:26AM
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Looking to purchase some cuttings from a sweet wax jambu.
Let me know if you have any.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:01AM
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steiconi(12a-Big Island, HI)

You might also check under their myriad alternate names; I'd never heard of wax jambu, but recognized it as mountain apple. They grow well here, but mine are too small to fruit yet.

Syzygium samarangense is the botanical name

Here is a link that might be useful: Syzygium samarangense

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 12:10AM
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