Acmena ingens – Lilly Pilly

A medium to large rainforest tree, which will grow to thirty metres tall. This lilly pilly makes a good ornamental for parks, farms and large gardens with red flushes of new growth. It also has large red fruit in summer which are great for seed eating birds, and the fluffy cream flowers in spring attract butterflies and bees. The fruit can also be used to make sauces and jam.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Acmena ingens
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Other Common Names:Red Apple, Southern Satinash
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:20 ~ 30 metres
Width:10 ~ 15 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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