Syzygium australe ‘Blaze’ – Lilly Pilly

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.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Syzygium australe
Cultivar:Blaze
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
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:Spring
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

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. 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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.