Scientific name: Syzygium malaccense
Family name: Myrtaceae
Jambu Bol trees in Taman Tugu
The Jambu Bol tree is an indigenous rainforest tree that are amongst the 4,100 trees added to the Taman Tugu site, selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).
The Jambu Bol tree is a small to medium-sized, evergreen tree with a wide, ovoid crown. Its trunk is straight and is usually low branching, and with a diameter of 0.2 – 0.45m wide. Its foliage consist of opposite leaves are oblong to elliptic with entire leaf margin. Its flowers are reddish pink, pom-pom shaped flowers and are arranged in clusters of 1-12 on branches that have shed their leaves. Its fruits are fleshy, ellipsoid fruits known as berries. They are typically dark red with white or pink streaks, but can also be whitish or yellowish. Each fruit contains 1 round, brown seed. Mature fruits form within 2 months of blooming.
This tree is usually cultivated for its edible fruits which are consumed raw or cooked. They are sometimes mixed with other fruits and stewed. Although this species is grown in home gardens for its fruits, it is not grown in commercial orchards.
This tree prefers well-drained soils and fertile loamy soils. It occurs in moist tropical lowlands at altitudes of up to 1,200m in Southeastern Asian countries, especially Malaysia.