Syzygium australe ‘Bush Christmas’ – Lilly Pilly

 

A medium-sized, dense shrub with mid-sized glossy green leaves and white powder-puff flowers followed by pinkish fruits. The pleasantly sour fruit can be eaten, either fresh or made into jams, sauces and jellies. The fruit also attracts birds. A great feature plant, for screening and windbreaks, and a great hedge or topiary plant. Also good for pots. Can be affected by psyllids.
Good for sunny to lightly shaded spots in most soils. Best performance is produced from regular watering, fertilizing and a light regular trim to encourage more compact growth. New foliage is in orange shades.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Syzygium australe
Cultivar:Bush Christmas
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Other Common Names:Rose apple
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:4 ~ 6 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies

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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

 


 

 

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