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Brush Cherry Fruit


Introduction of Brush Cherry


            Scientific name - Syzygium paniculatum


Brush Cherry scientifically known as Syzygium australe is popularly known with various different names across the globe such as brush cherry, scrub cherry, creek lilly-pilly, creek satinash, and watergum. They are rainforest trees usually native to Australia. As appealing as it sounds this tree bears eye catching showy flowers during spring and summer adding vibrant red color to the season. These trees are known to possess a redish foliage that adds to the beauty of the plant. Their shiny leaves gradually turn dark green on thin brown twigs as they grow older. These trees are not just eye pleasing decorative trees but they bear fruits 2-3 months after its grown. Brush cherry often grow upto the height of 30ft tall they are sometimes grown as shrubs or bushes. They can be often sighted as clipped into hedges in residential landscapes.


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Nutritional Value of Brush Cherry


Principle Nutrient Value per 100g Percentage of RDA
Cherry type Sweet Tart Sweet Tart
Energy 63 cal 50 Kcal 3% 2.5%
Carbohydrates 16.1 g 12.18 g 12% 9%
Protein 1.06 g 1.00 g 2% 2%
Total Fat 0.2 g 0.3 g 1% 1.5%
Cholesterol 0 g 0 g 0% 0%
Dietary Fiber 2.1 g 1.6 g 5.5% 4%
Vitamins
Folates 4 g 8 g 1% 2%
Niacin 0.154 mg 0.400 mg 1% 2.5%
Pantothenic acid 0.199 mg 0.143 mg 4% 3%
Pyridoxine 0.049 mg 0.044 mg 4% 3.5%
Riboflavin 0.033 mg 0.040 mg 2.5% 3%
Thiamin 0.027 mg 0.030 mg 2% 2.5%
Vitamin A 640IU 1283 IU 21% 43%
Vitamin C 7 mg 10 mg 11% 17%
Vitamin E 0.07 mg 0.07 mg 0.5% 0.5%
Vitamin K 2.1 g 2.1 g 2% 2%
Electrolytes
Sodium 0 mg 3mg 0% 0%
Potassium 222 mg 179mg 5% 4%

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Growth Condition


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Brush cherry is adaptive to grow both in sun and shade. During winter it is advisable to keep the bonsai indoors and place it in a shallow tray filled a layer of gravel with water. This method provides extra moisture around the tree and in turn reduces the amount of moisture lost to modern heating systems. Brush cherry noticeably grows well in South Florida as it grows on limestone soils as an understory plant. Ideally brush cherry grows well in open spaces and sunny environment with less or no attention given to them while they grow. For any plant to grow healthy and beautiful fertilizing is a very necessary process. As the bonsai grows in a very small amount of soil it is necessary to keep a check on the health and fertility of the soil and keep fueling the soil with essential supplies periodically to ensure a healthy growth. While yes, fertilization is necessary one needs to understand the over exposure to fertilizers will lead to dire results. This may adversely affect the growth of the plant and sometimes even lead to dire results.

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The Right Fertilization


One needs to be educated on the right use of these fertilizers. While it is already being said that these bonsai are on low maintenance any general purpose liquid fertilizer can be used to fertilizer these plants. It is suggested that fertilizers should be used at half their recommended strength. Fertilizers should be applied once a month except for winters to ensure good health of the plant. Another way of fertilizing your bonsai is by spraying soluble fertilizer every month as a spray. This technique is known as foliar feeding, in this technique the plants/ leaves get in direct contact of the fertilizer and it absorbs the essential elements through its leaves. Brush cherries or cherries bear exotic fruits and can withstand up to 25F. These trees require a lot of moisture round the year and rich soil to survive and grow. Fruits borne by this plant is used to make jams and jellies. They have a pleasantly sour taste to them that makes them a good treat even if eaten raw.


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