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Lilly Pillies are probably best known for their use as a reliable hedging/screening plant. Alos referred to as Syzygiums, these native evergreen shrubs produce fluffy cream-white flowers in spring and summer that turn to fleshy purple berries after flowering. They produce foliage from quite low on the main stem.
Lilly Pillies have been formerly classified under several botanic names in the past - Acmena, Syzygium and Waterhousea. Very recently botanists have classified them all under one Genus - Syzygium. However most people are still only aware of the original names, so we have used those below.
Lilly Pillies can be used as a hedge or screen, as a topiary feature or as a potted plant in landscapes, and can be easily clipped into neat shrubs.
Plant in well drained soil with some added organic matter. Saturaid can be scattered across where theroot ball is after planting, to help water get to the root system, particularly in sandy soils.
Well drained soil.
Prefer a sunny open spot but will tolerate light shade. Reasonably frost tolerant, some varieties more than others. If planted in full sun, plants will produce more intense colour in their new growth which is often bronze or red.
Syzygiums respond well to pruning which will give them a denser habit. They can be pruned in early spring and after flowering to promote new growth and to shape. If you don’t want the berries that form after flowering, trim off the flower buds before they’re about to flower.
Water well to establish. Once established Syzygiums are quite hardy. Some varieties need a bit more moisture in the hotter periods to perform at their best.
Fertilise in spring with a good slow release fertiliser.
Syzygiums produce fluffy white flowers in spring and summer. Flowers are followed by fleshy magenta coloured berries. (Waterhousea have white berries).
PESTS & PROBLEMS:
Psyllids are a pest that is common to Lilly Pillys, causing a pimply surface on leaves. To help prevent the spread of affected plants trim off affected growth and dispose of in green waste bin. We recommend selectingvarieties that are psyllid resistant.
Syzygium Resilience >> Syzygium australe 'Resilience'
Named ‘Resilience’ for its resistance to Psyllids, this Lilly Pilly is fantastic for screening.
Height: 3-4m Width: 1m-2m
Syzygium Hinterland Gold >> Syzygium australe 'Hinterland Gold'
This Syzygium has a more upright compact shape which makes it ideal when space is an issue. Its conical growth habit also makes it good for topiary specimens.
Height: 3-4m Width: 1m
Syzygium Elite >> Syzygium australe 'Elite'
A medium sized Lilly Pilly suitable for hedging and container planting. Psyllid resistant.
Height: 3-4m Width: 2m-4m
Syzygium Superior >> Syzygium australe 'Superior'
A fast growing shrub providing an abundance of glossy green foliage making it a reliable privacy and sound barrier plant. Psyllid resistant.
Height: 3m Width: 1m–1.5m
Weeping Lilly Pilly >> Waterhousea floribunda
A large native tree that can be used as a hedge in formal gardens, or kept to its natural shape as a medium sized tree.
Height: 10m Width: 8m
Acmena Cherry Surprise >> Acmena smithii 'Cherry Surprise'
Cherry Surprise makes a great low hedge, a neat potted plant, and is perfect for topiary.
It has attractive bright red new growth. Psyllid resistant and salt tolerant.
Height: 1.5m Width: 1m
Dwarf Lilly Pilly >> Acmena smithii 'Minor'
A neat compact Lilly Pilly that is great for small to medium sized hedges, topiary and pots. Psyllid resistant.
Height: 3m Width: 1-1.5m
Syzygium Backyard Bliss >> Syzygium paniculatum 'Backyard Bliss'
A bushy fast growing shrub that is perfect for hedging. Psyllid resistant. Minimal pruning required.
Height: 3-4m Width: 1m
Acmena Allyn Magic >> Acmena smithii 'Allyn Magic'
One of the smallest varieties of Lily Pillies available. Good for rockery gardens or small hedges.
Height: 60cm-1m Width: 30-60cm
Syzygium Firescreen >> Syzygium australe 'irescreen' (formerly Acmena smithii 'Firescreen')
A fast growing Lilly Pilly, fantastic for screening, which has stunning bright red new growth. Psyllid-free. Known as a fire retardant plant. Produces less berries than other Lilly Pillies making it a great pool side or deck plant.
Height: 4m Width: 1.5m
Syzygium Bush Christmas >> Syzygium australe 'Bush Christmas'
A dwarf form of Lily Pilly. Less frost tolerant than some other Lilly Pillies. Plant in full sun to get brighter colour on new growth.
Height: 3-4m Width: 2m
Syzygium Big Red >> Syzygium australe 'Big Red'
Often used as a standard or in topiary due to its full bushy habit and stunning bright red new growth. Loves a good prune!
Height: 3-4m Width: 2-2.5m