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.
|Scientific Name:||Syzygium australe|
|Common Name:||Lilly Pilly|
|Other Common Names:||Rose apple|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||1.5 ~ 2.5 metres|
|Width:||1.2 ~ 1.5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.