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|
|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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