Syzygium campanulatum: The pretty screen
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Syzygium campanulatum belongs to family Myrtaceae or the sea apple family. It originates from South East Asia and is popularly used as an urban landscaping plant due to its hardiness and adaptability. Also known as the wild cinnamon, the species can easily be planted as trees, hedges or shaped into topiaries. Syzygium campanulatum produces attractive reddish or pink leaf shoots all year round and flushes exceptionally after pruning.

Syzygium campanulatum trees can be seen at FRIMs main entrance where they were planted in 1992 as a hedge for view screening. Fowering kelat paya trees planted in 2011 can be found near FRIM’s Cafetaria whereas at the Kepong Botanical Garden trees that was planted in 2005 can be observed. Many trees can be found elsewhere in FRIM, distinctive in its conical shape and reddish shoots.

Article by Noor Azlin Y and Azahari MY, 30 January 2014. The weekly weather was 23° to 33°C and mostly cloudy.