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Syzygium myrtifolium (dark red young leaves, pink flowers)

Syzygium myrtifolium (dark red young leaves, pink flowers)


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub, Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Plant Shape Compact
Maximum Height 6 m to 10 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 3 m to 5 m


Native Habitat Terrestrial
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A shrub or small tree with a dense crown.
Foliage The foliages are oppositely arranged, with elliptical shape. The young foliages are dark red which will turn green as they mature.
Flowers The flowers are bright pink in colour, clustered inflorescence.
Similar It has the same form and usage as the more common Syzygium myrtifolium, which has reddish to red brown young foliage.
Etymology The genus 'Syzygium' is derived from 'syzygos' (Greek for 'joined'), which means paired, by refering to the opposite paired leaves. Specific epithet 'myrtifolium' means myrtle-leaved, which describes the plant's foliar shape and texture resembling the leaves of Myrtus.

Landscaping Features

Landscaping This plant is suitable to be planted along the streets, parks and gardens.
Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Foliage, Fragrant (Flowers, Foliage) (Time Independent)
Landscape Uses General, Suitable for Roadsides, Hedge / Screening, Topiary, Container Planting, Parks & Gardens, Coastal, Riverine, Suitable for Bonsai
Thematic Landscaping Naturalistic Garden, Formal Garden

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Fauna Pollination Dispersal Associated Fauna Bird-Attracting
Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Biotic (Fauna)

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Fertile Loamy Soils, Well-Drained Soils, Easy to Grow, Moist Soils, Saline Soils / Salt Spray
Maintenance Requirements Moderate
Propagation Method Stem Cutting


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Smooth, Glossy / Shiny
Young Flush Texture(s) Glossy / Shiny
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Rounded / Obtuse
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
Prominent Young Flush Colour(s) Remarks Dark Red

Non - Foliar and Storage

Trunk Type (Non Palm) Woody
Mature Bark Texture Smooth
Stem Type & Modification Woody
Root Type Underground (Tap Root, Fibrous Root)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower & Plant Sexuality Bisexual Flowers
Flower Colour(s) Pink, Red
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary
Flower Symmetry Radial
Inflorescence Type Panicle
Flowering Period Rarely
Flowering Habit Polycarpic

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Master ID 1864
Species ID 3157
Flora Disclaimer The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.
Species record last updated on: 13 June 2024.