Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood)
(Pondo water wood)
Syzygium pondoense (Pondo water wood) is a scarce indigenous species, but with a bit of luck you might find one in a specialist nursery. It forms a small shrub or tree with bright, deep green leaves, white flowers and red to purple berries. It grows very slowly, reaching heights of 1 to 3 m.
Syzygium paniculatum is a well-known garden shrub with a multitude of uses. It is evergreen, has dense foliage, and grows rapidly to a height of up to 4 m if left unchecked. It is most often used for hedges, and sometimes as a screen to hide unsightly areas. It has a shallow root system that doesn't usually damage structures. It is naturally pyramid-shaped, but with some artistic pruning it can be shaped into practically any form, including intricate topiaries. Syzygiums pruned into single stemmed lollipops and standards by commercial growers are used in formal garden designs and as potted plants. They are also popular with gardeners who have small gardens and need plants that can provide height in a restricted space.
When do they bloom?
Creamy powder-puff flowers appear early in summer, followed by fairly small, edible, dark pink to red fruit. Syzygiums are pruned so regularly that one does not see flowers that often.
Most suitable climate
Syzygiums are sensitive to extreme cold and frost, but will grow almost anywhere.
What they need
Location: full sun to light shade – one of the reasons why it is such a popular hedge plant is its ability to grow in areas where the light changes, such as in narrow passages between buildings.
Start when the plants are young and regularly give the growth points a light trimming. Continue to cut back the sides until the hedge has reached the height you had in mind. When this happens, you can trim across the top to stop any vertical growth and to encourage lateral growth. Thereafter, trim the hedge regularly to retain its neat shape. As the hedge grows, you need to shape it in such a way that the top is narrower than the base. This allows the entire hedge to be exposed to the sun, which prevents bare patches developing at the base.
Watch out for this
Densely-growing syzygiums can often become infested with aphids. They secrete a sticky substance (called honeydew) which attracts ants, and the ants in turn spread the aphid eggs to other plants. Ant nests in the vicinity thus need to be dealt with.
In a nutshell
* Perfect hedge plants.
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