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Syzygium sandwicense

Syzygium sandwicense (A. Gray) Nied.

Ha, Hawaiian Syzygium, Kauokahiki, Ohi'a Ha, Paihi, Paihiihi

Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)

Synonym(s): Eugenia sandwicensis


USDA Native Status: HI (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub , Tree
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: Up to about 75 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: White to greenish white.


Native Habitat: Ridges and slopes in mesic to wet forests, bogs.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.


Bibref 1798 - Manual of the Flowering Plants of Hawaii, Revised Edition (1999) Wagner, W.L.; Herbst, D.R.; Sohmer, S.H.

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Web Reference

Webref 43 - Hawaiian Native Plant Genera (2006) University of Hawaii
Webref 31 - Native Plants Hawai’i (2018) University of Hawaii

Additional resources

USDA: Find Syzygium sandwicense in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Syzygium sandwicense in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Syzygium sandwicense


Record Modified: 2020-12-14
Research By: CBR

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