Also spelled jamboo, wax jambu forms a large thick tree with a short trunk and open, wide-spreading crown The bark is pinkish-gray and flaking, adding to its ornamental appeal. The rounded to heart-shaped leaves are aromatic when crushed. Also fragrant are the flowers, borne in drooping panicles at the branch tips or in smaller clusters in the axils of fallen leaves.
The waxy fruit, usually light-red, sometimes greenish-white or cream-colored, is pear-shaped, narrow at the base, about 2" long and wide. Its flavor is similar to a snow pear, and the liquid-to-flesh ratio of the wax apple is comparable to a watermelon. The tree generally blooms in March and April, and the fruit ripens in May and June, but a smaller crop may occur in October/November during hot humid weather.
Wax jambu usually requires very little attention and no pruning is needed. It needs adequate rainfall, high humidity and fertile soil for best growth, and is hardy to around freezing, possibly a few degrees below. Full sun is best. The soil must be fertile, or the crops will be small and the fruit quality poor. Because of the short trunk and large dense canopy, wax jambu would be best suited for large spaces where the low branches will not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic.
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