A lovely easy care lilly pilly that grows to around 3 metres tall and a metre and a half wide. It has flushes of red new foliage and a dense habit. A perfect native hedge plant that responds well to pruning, also good for topiary and bonsai work. Give it extra water in dry periods and a couple of handfuls of slow release fertiliser in spring and it will reward you with good growth. Mulching well will cut down weeds and retain moisture. It is one of the lilly pilly varieties that do not get problems with leaf psyllids. It gets medium sized pink fruit in summer that birds love, and can be used for jam and sauces.
Note – be aware that fallen fruit can become a slip and trip hazard, so will need to be cleaned up regularly.
|Scientific Name:||Acmena smithii|
|Common Name:||Lilly Pilly|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||1.5 ~ 3 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 1.5 metre|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Features:||Edible, Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies|
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