jambu (syzygium cumini) is native to south asia including india and nepal. it is common in southern china too. this evergreen tree is handsome looking. few days ago when i passed by kowloon park near the sculpture garden, i was drawn not by the built of the tree, though. it was the beautiful olive-like fruit, the colours of red and dark purple that capture me.
because of these fruit, this tree sometimes is connected to blackberry in its common names. there is however no relationship between the two types of plant in botany study.
it is quite a scene watching bundles of the fruit in different shades of crimson swaying in the wind. the best part however is the ink-paintings these berries splash on the ground. this is why the chinese gave the name black ink to this tree because of the deep colour of the juice of the fruit.
海南蒲桃 jambu (syzygium cumini) – 植物界 plantae | (unranked) : angiosperms /被子植物門 magnoliophyta | (unranked) : eudicots /雙子葉植物綱 magnoliopsida | (unranked) : rosids | order: myrtales 桃金孃目 | family: myrtaceae 桃金孃科 | genus: syzygium 蒲桃屬 | species 種: cumini 閻浮樹 wiki