Macopa or Syzygium samarangense is a native of Malaysia. Some literature would claim that it is also native to the Philippines, but field botanists say otherwise as it could not be found wild in our forests. But macopa has long been naturalized in our country to the point that some escaped cultivation. It could be found almost in all islands, growing in areas close to communites and civilization.
One macopa superstition I heard was told to me by a friend. He says that macopa trees when planted in front of the household could inhibit the family members to marry relating his own anecdote. He has 7 other siblings and they all lived in their ancestral house which had 2 macopa trees standing flanking the gate. An acquaintance once told their mom that they should cut off the macopas as it would prevent her offsprings to marry. And indeed no one among the 8 siblings got married. Then in a typhoon, one of the two macopas was fallen. Then after, 4 of the 8 siblings amazingly made their trip down the marital aisle. To date the surviving tree still stands in front of their property...and the remaining 4 still remains unwed.
So what could be a better alternative to plant in lieu of the macopa? The country is the epicenter of Syzygium occurence. We are said to have about 200 species of Syzygium which some are much more attractive than macopa. It is about time that we start knowing these macopa relatives and explore their viability in garden use.