Syzygium Cumini or Jaumn tree has a special significance with the monsoon of the Indian sub-continent. This is the time when big old trees of Jamun whirl in monsoon winds and spread a hint of fragrance in rainy days. The purple-black fruit of Jamun ripens and is eaten very fondly.
Jamun (also known as Java Plum tree) is an evergreen, tall and shady tree that originally belongs to temperate regions of Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. This ornamental tree grows tall and becomes woody very fast. The timber is durable and water resistant. Because timber of Jamun is quite hard to work on, it is usually used for making planks and carts. Mature trees of Jaumn bear white and tiny flowers that are usually behind broad pendant trees. The fruit is eaten as whole or used in traditional medicine. Bark of Jamun tree is used in dyeing and tanning.
Besides its sweet, sometimes astringent, edible fruit, Jamun is grown as ornamental and shady tree. Jamun is quite hardy tree and does not require much care. It can tolerate frost as well as long spells of summer. Young plants should be provided with a well drained soil, moderate watering and bright sunlight.