Species Guide: Rare Fruit Trees

Jambu Bol

The flowers of jambu bol tree. Photo by Goh Shang Ming

Common name: Malay Apple

Malay name: Jambu Bol, Jambu Susu

Scientific name: Syzygium malaccense (L.) Merr. & L.M. Perry

Conservation status: Least Concern, Cultivated, Native to Malaysia


A small to medium-sized tree that grows up to 25 m tall. Tree crown is dense, rounded or conical. Tree trunk is straight and usually low-branching. Leaves are leathery and oppositely arranged. Flowers are reddish pink, clustered and somewhat fluffy. Produces reverse-egg-shaped fruit that are red, whitish or yellowish with white or pink streaks.

A jambu bol tree with its dense, conical crown. Photo by Goh Shang Ming

Habit: Perennial tree

Cultivation: It is planted by seeds, buddings, air-layering, grafting or stem cuttings

Ecological function: This tree is shade-providing. Its flowers attract pollinators.

Pollinator: Bees

Soil: Sand, loam, clay

Moisture: Well-drained, fertile soils

Shade: No shade

Use: The fruits, flowers, young leaves and shoots of this tree are edible. It is planted as an ornamental tree.

By ShangMing

A plant lover. I like small, medium, gigantic, ordinary, exotic, local, foreign plants. Just because they thrive to stand out.