Tree Species (Scientific Name)
Syzygium malaccense
Food
Lumber
Medicinal
English Common Name
Malay Apple
Indonesian Common Name
Jambu bol
Tree Family
Myrtaceae
Average Leaf Size (cm)
26.5cm
Length
×
13.5cm
Width
Tree Height
Small (10–20m)
Elevational Range (m)
0–2700m
0 3000
Distribution
Native
Exotic
Native to Indonesia

Native to

Region
Asia, Oceania
SE Asia
Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam
Indonesia
New Guinea

Exotic in

SE Asia
Philippines
Indonesia
Borneo, Java, Sumatra

Coffee Agroforestry Information

Coffee System
Robusta
Arabica
Coffee Impact
Beneficial to coffee
Prevalence
Common in Coffee Agroforestry
Cultivation
Planted
Regeneration
Regenerates Naturally
Tree Management

Plant at spacing between 6-8 m. Manuring, weeding, mulching, and watering ensures rapid growth of young trees. Little management needed after 2 years. Fruit producing trees will benefit from fertilizer applied after harvest and supplemented when inflorescence forms. Restricted to the wetter climates, requires a reliable water supply, and often planted along streams or ponds.

Tree Benefits and Uses

Farmer Uses
  • Food
  • Lumber
  • Medicinal

Over 80% of the fruit is edible, the ripe fruit is sweet, mainly eaten fresh, is often stewed with other fruits, and can be sold at markets. The tree is used for shade and various parts of the tree are used in traditional medicine, due to its antibiotic activity. In particular the bark, leaves, and roots of Malay apple are used against a number of different ailments.

Farm Services
  • Coffee Shade
Biodiversity Benefits
Unknown