Giant Lau Lau – Eugenia megacarpa
Giant Lau Lau, Eugenia megacarpa, is a medium size, fruit bearing tree with bushy upright growth habit, but most commonly 7-10 meters tall that could reach up to 20 meters. The plant is native to New Guinea and Solomon Islands but it is found dispersed across the Pacific in moist low forests and riverbanks in elevation from 300-1200 meters.
The giant long shiny, deep green, Eugenia megacarpa leaves, makes it spectacular feature before you even spot the fruit. The colourful red new red growth makes it a striking display tree. Flowers are white, large, with distinct rounded petals. If you have some space in a frost free garden this tree will be a treasure and with sufficient water it will grows at a rapid rate.
Giant Lau Lau Fruit
The stunning Giant Lau Lau fruit is ovoid-globose, bright red, edible, with crisp apple like flavor and a delicate sweet taste. Fruit is generally eaten raw.
Giant Lau Lau Propagation Methods
Plant propagation is by seed, which lose their viability very quickly. The plant grows well in shade or part-shade and likes moderate to heavy watering as well as high humidity. Even though a tropical fruit tree it grows and fruits well in temperatures above 5°C. Eugenia megacarpa is a member of the family Myrtaceae the genus Eugenia.
Giant Lau Lau, Eugenia megacarpa
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