A small shrub with mid-sized glossy green leaves with attractive red and pink new growth. White powder-puff flowers are followed by mauve fruits that attract birds. The fruit is hard and tasteless, but edible. A great hedging plant as it responds well to pruning. Also good for a low screen, and for topiary and bonsai work. Really good for pots. Does well in both sun and part shade in most soil types. Feed with a good all purpose fertiliser in spring and again in summer.
|Scientific Name:||Syzygium francisii|
|Common Name:||Lilly Pilly|
|Plant Type:||Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 2.5 metres|
|Width:||1.5 ~ 2 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, 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, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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