Syzygium paniculatum – Lilly Pilly

A variable rainforest tree, it has a dense and bushy habit with flushes of red new growth. It can grow to 15 metres tall, but there are selected forms that are of smaller habit. It has edible fruit, mostly magenta pink, but can also be white or purple. The fruit is a well known bush tucker fruit and can be used for jams and sauces, and are very attractive to birds. Syzygium paniculatum can be susceptible to psyllids, the insects that can cause leaf pimpling. Can be planted in sun to part shade. Regular watering, mulching and fertilising will ensure best growth.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Syzygium paniculatum
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Other Common Names:Magenta Cherry
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 15 metres
Width:2 ~ 10 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

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.