Syzygium australe ‘Tiny Trev’ – Lilly Pilly

A very dwarf, dense shrub with glossy green leaves, orange-red new growth and few flowers. A great native alternative to the box plant. Also great for topiary and bonsai work and for edging and hedging, as it has small leaves, a naturally tight growth habit and responds well to pruning . Grow in sun to part shade. Adaptable to most soils. Feed through the warm months with a good all purpose fertiliser. Rarely affected by psyllids.

Scientific Name:Syzygium australe
Cultivar:Tiny Trev
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 1.2 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.7 metres
Flower Colour:White
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
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies


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




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.