Syzygium ‘Big Red’ – Lilly Pilly

A large sized, dense shrub with large, glossy leaves with gorgeous dark crimson new growth which contrasts beautifully with the mature green leaves. White summer flowers are followed by edible fruit. A great feature, screen, hedge or topiary plant that can also be grown in large pots. Responds nicely to pruning and shaping, if left unpruned it can grow to around 6 metres and be used as informal hedging or screening. Grow in sun to partial shade, in most soil types. Mulch well to keep down weeds and to conserve soil moisture. Fertilise in the warm months. Can be susceptible to psyllid attack.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Syzygium
Cultivar:Big Red
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 6 metres
Width:2 ~ 2.5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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.