Syzygium malaccense
Common Name: Malaysian apple 
Type: Fruit
Family: Myrtaceae
Native Range: Australia, Malay Pennisula
Zone: 12 to 12
Height: 40.00 to 50.00 feet
Spread: 20.00 to 30.00 feet
Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
Bloom Description: Red
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Tolerate: Clay Soil


Best grown in evenly moist, loamy, well-draining soils in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil types including heavy clay and sand. This plant is intolerant of frost, and is hardy in tropical Zones warmer than 12.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Syzygium malaccense, commonly called Malaysian apple or Malay apple, is a medium to large sized evergreen tree native to the forested lowlands of Malaysia. It is common in cultivation throughout the tropics, and has become naturalized in some areas. The foliage is dark green and glossy, elliptic in shape, and can reach up to 9" long and 3" wide. Clusters of bright red flowers bloom seasonally on the woody branches and stems and are attractive to hummingbirds. The flowers are followed by obovoid to bell-shaped, waxy red fruits with crisp, white flesh that reach around 2-3" in diameter. This vigorous grower will reach up to 50' tall with a 30' spread and takes on an upright, conical to cylindrical shape.

Genus name comes from the Greek word syzygos meaning "joined" with reference to the paired leaves and branchlets of a Jamaican species (Calyptranthes suzygium) for which the name was used originally.

The specific epithet malaccense comes from Malacca, the name of a region in Malaysia


Leaf miners and borers have been reported as possible pests. Otherwise relatively free of pests and diseases.


Typically grown for its somewhat sweet, edible fruit which can be eaten raw or cooked. The fruit can also be used to make wine. Although it is not grown commercially, they can be found locally at produce markets. This plant also has a number of traditional medical uses.