Northern Queensland Permaculture

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Cedar bay cherry

Botanical Information

Botanical Information
Order Myrtales
Family Myrtaceae
Genus Eugenia
Common Name Cedar bay cherry
Species E. reinwardtiana

Maturity days

Planting Months

Planting months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Permaculture uses

Permaculture uses
Usage 1 Usage 2 Usage 3
Food_Forest Fruit

Growing condition comments

Growing Condition Comment
Drought Tolerant Yes
Humidity tolerant No
Planting area Ground
Sunlight Full_sun



Short comments

Grows in Townsville, native to north queensland. Small shrub. Full sun required.

General comments

Eugenia reinwardtiana is a shrub to small tree in the family Myrtaceae that is native to tropical forests in northern Queensland, Australia; Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands. Other common names includes: Beach Cherry, Australian Beach, Mountain Stopper,and Nioi (Hawaii).

They are typically 2 to 6 m (6.6 to 19.7 ft) in height.

The tree is particularly common around the Cedar Bay National Park in northern Australia. The fruits are green at first, when ripe it turns to a bright orange-red colour, these fruits are also taste sweet and delicious with its soft flesh. The tree is cultivated to a limited extent for its edible sweetish fruit that is often eaten out-of-hand, used to flavour drinks and candies, or as a preserve. The fruit is a source of antioxidants. The tree is well-suited to amenity horticulture in the tropics, and is grown in the median strips in Cairns. It is readily propagated from fresh seed. This species is susceptible to Myrtle Rust (Puccinia psidii).

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest: 4-5 Years


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