|Origin||Native to Southeast Asia.
|Description||A rare attractive tree with young purple leaves turning to green and purple flower clusters. The globose fruits with 3 to 4 seeds are bright red.|
|Growth Habitat||Tropical areas of the world.
|Foliage||Young leaves are a soft purple, growing opposite to each other on the stem in pairs or compound pinnate that eventually become dark green. They are tapered and winged, about 50cm in length.|
|Flowers||The scentless, pink to purple flowers grow on inflorescences, mostly unisexual, male and female growing on the same branch with short stems.|
|Fruits||The Terengganu cherry is a globose berry, about 2 to 3cm in diameter. It grows in large clusters of 20 fruits that are a shiny, deep red with a pointed tip. Sweet but a little tart with 3 seeds per fruit. Flesh is yellow, sweet and crunchy and the skin can be astringent if not fully mature.|
|Harvest||Pick in clusters when the fruits turn to a deep red. If too young, the thin, outer skin is astringent or dries out the mouth.|
|Soil||Terengganu trees are often found in the tropical jungles of Southeast Asia with sandy to heavy clay soils.|
|Pruning||Prune to establish initial shape and to remove dead or diseased branches.|
|Fertilization||Tropical jungle trees rarely need fertilizing but if needed, fertilized with a complete fertilizer and manure.|
|Propagation||Can be propagated through seeds.|
|100g of Terengganu cherry contains 77.7% moisture, 9.5% dietary fibre, 0.8% sugar, 16mg of Vit C.|
|Health Benefits||The Vitamin C in Terengganu Cherry fruits could be beneficial for protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.
A tree similar to the Terengganu Cherry, Maa Wo from Thailand (Lepishanthes senegalensis) in the book “Medicinal Plants in Thailand”, uses its fruit as a tonic and in the treatment of cerebral malaria, fever with vertigo, chest pain, nosebleed and to relieve muscular spasm.
|Commercial Uses||Terengganu cherry trees are often used as ornamental trees because of its attractive young, purple foliage and long, purple inflorescences that become bright, shiny, red clusters of fruit.|
|Food Suggestion||The young leaves are cooked and eaten as vegetables in South Thailand.|