Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn.
Eugenia myrtifolia Sims
Tropical Cherry Eugenia, Magenta Lilly Pilly, Magenta Cherry, Brush Cherry
Tropical cherry eugenia—or, if you prefer, the marvelously silly Australian name “magenta lilly pilly”—is a bushy rainforest tree from New South Wales. The latter name derives from the related and similar lillypilly (Acmena smithii), another rainforest species. Tropical cherry eugenia is considered a vulnerable species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act of 1999. One source says these are native to Florida, but I speculate that they are naturalized there, not native. This species make a great bonsai. Crossword puzzle fanatics take note: syzygy is the only word in the dictionary with three ys and no other vowels.
Identification: This is a tropical rain forest species, a shrub or small tree up to 12' (3.7 m) tall and up to 15' (4.6 m) around, with flaky bark. Leaves are opposite, lanceolate or elliptic, up to 2" (5 cm) long, and reddish when young, turning bright, shiny green. Showy white flowers resembling pom poms become magenta-colored ovoid fruits up to ¾" (2 cm) long.
Syzygium paniculatum at the Australian Native Plants Society
Syzygium paniculatum at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Syzygium paniculatum on Wikipedia
Syzygium paniculatum on hort.ifas.ufl.edu
Syzygium paniculatum at the Encyclopedia of Stanford Trees, Shrubs and Vines
Syzygium paniculatum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
Range: Zones 10-11: