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.

Scientific Name:Syzygium australe
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
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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