Syzygium australe Blaze
Lilly Pilly , Rose apple
A small naturally dense shrub with mid-sized glossy green leaves with bright red new growth. White powder-puff flowers are followed by pinkish fruits that attract birds. The fruit has a pleasantly sour taste and can be eaten fresh or made into jam. A great native hedge plant, as it responds well to pruning. Can be used for bonsai, low screening and as a good topiary plant. Also perfect for containers. Does well in sun to partially shaded spots, and adapts to most soil types. Feed with a good all purpose fertiliser through the warm months, and mulching will help to improve the soil and keep down weeds. Can be affected by psyllids, which make dimples on the leaves. These are easily dealt with by picking off affected leaves.
Height 1.5 to 2.5 metres Width 1.2 to 1.5 metres