A medium sized ornamental rainforest tree with glossy green foliage that can be used for hedging, shade and for screening and wind breaks. It has large decorative pink to red fruit that can be eaten straight from the plant as well as made into jams and condiments, and is attractive to birds. They have a tart berry taste with a slight clove tang. It generally grows to around 10 metres in gardens, can reach 30 metres in the wild, and can be pruned to size. Flowers in summer with fluffy cream flowers. Tolerates some frost when established. The foliage is a good filler in cut flower bunches.
|Scientific Name:||Syzygium leumannii|
|Other Common Names:||Lilly pilly|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 5 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Mammals|
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