All Lilly pillies are evergreen trees, attractive glossy foliage and easy care nature are only two of many desirable characteristics. Most varieties for sale are suited for use as hedging plants.
All have bright red new foliage and all flower with white to purple berries following.
Lilly pilly trees come from three related species, Syzygium, Waterhousea and Acmena. These are related, however have different characteristics.
Cultivars and common names.
Over recent years, many ‘new’ varieties have been marketed, some with distinct characteristics others very similar to each other. In general it is best to look for the size of tree to suit your needs and then to look for a psyllid resistant variety.
We feel that the best are the Acmena smithii cultivars. The Syzygium leuhmanii cultivars are the next best. This does not mean that they are immune to psyllids, which cause bubbles on the foliage, they are just more resistant than other species.
Lilly pillies are available as tall growing trees that will reach well over 5 metres. They can also be found as dwarf cultivars that can be used for low hedges at around 1 metre in height.
The best variety will depend on your landscaping needs.
You can overcome the psyllid problem by using confider tablets. These are placed in the ground, which eliminates the need for spraying.
Six of the best Lilly Pilly Trees.
- Waterhousea floribundum the Weeping Lilly pilly – With a distinct weeping habit this is a large tree to 20 metres, best in larger gardens and parks
- Syzygium australe ‘Tiny Trev’ – Very low growing to around 1 metre in height. Also consider Acmena smithii ‘Hedgemaster’ around the same height.
- Acmena smithii ‘Hot Flush’ – Reaches around 5 metres and makes an excellent hedging plant.
- Syzygium australe Resilience – Reaches around 4 – 5 metres and is psyllid resistant.
- Acmena smithii Cherry Surprise – Low growing to around 2m in height. Very attractive new red growth.
- Syzygium paniculatum Backyard Bliss – Grows to around 4 metres, excellent screening tree.
Widely used in landscaping as a hedging plant new disease resistant varieties are the best option for the home garden.
Cultivars come in a range of varieties that will grow to different sizes, dwarf growing cultivars are increasingly popular.
Species and varieties
The lillypilly has become one of the most popular hedging plants in Australia and many new cultivars or varieties have been released in recent years. Lilly pilly are a most popular native Australian plant. A hardy evergreen that is great for hedges or as a screening plant .
From tall growing types ( over 5mtrs) to smaller varieties (under 1 mtr) there will be a lilly pilly that is right for you, including: Syzygium australe ‘Bush Christmas’, S. australe ‘Aussie Southern’, Syzygium luehmannii ‘Royal Flame’, Acmena hemilampra , smithii.
The purple berries on Lily Pilly trees are an added attraction the berries on Syzygium paniculatum is reputed to be sweet and edible and are sometimes used for making jam. The berries certainly attract birds.
Lilly Pilly Trees are available for sale from the following nurseries
Advanced container grown trees & shrubs. Large range of native plants & ornamentals ranging from 14cm to 45 litre. Specialists in indigenous plants and supply for Urban development. Supply & deliver all states.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.
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2505 Westernport Road, Ripplebrook, Victoria
The largest range of deciduous and evergreen advanced trees from 1-12 metres with over 100,000 trees to select from. SpringRing® grown trees from 25 litre to 1000 litre as well as field grown specimen trees and mature palms. Australia-wide delivery