SYZYGIUM SPECIES and COMMON NAMES
With many Syzygium varieties available for sale it is not only the cultivars that differ it is also the species.
Being one of the most widely used of all of the Australian plants in Landscaping, much research has gone into creating new and improved forms, especially smaller growing compact forms.
All are evergreen with glossy green foliage. New growth is mainly flushed with red however this is more prominent with some varieties than with others.
Naming of Lilly Pillies
When selecting any Lilly Pillies for landscaping applications it is essential to determine the correct botanical name and the correct cultivar name..
With so many varieties having similar growth habit, it is the size, leaf colour of new foliage and susceptibility to the Lilly Pilly Leaf Psyllids that need to be taken into account.
A plant simple named Lilly Pilly Australe may be the species, however named cultivars such as the popular ‘Bush Christmas’ are smaller growing. And even smaller is ‘Tiny Trev’ a plant that will reach betwenn 1 and 2m in height..
- S. australe Brush Cherry
- S. australe Select Brush cherry Select
- S. australe aussie compact
- S. australe southern
- S. australe hinterland gold
- S. australe aussie southern
- S. australe bush christmas
- S. australe boomer
- S. australe elegance
- S. australe elite
- S. australe pinnacle
- Syzygium australe resilience
- S. francisii Giant Water Gum
- S. hemilamprum Broad-leaved Lilly Pilly
- S. hodgkinsoniae Red Lilly Pilly
- S. ingens Red Apple
- S. moorei Durobby or Coolamon
- S. oleosum Blue Lilly Pilly
- Syzygium paniculatum Magenta cherry
- S. smithii Common Lilly Pilly
- S. smithii var. minor Small-leaved Lilly Pilly
- S. wilsonii Powder Puff Lilly Pilly
Those pimply little bumps on a Lilly Pilly are caused by Psyllids. A little sap sucking insect that cause problems with many lilly pillies.
Lilly Pilly Leaf Psyllids
A common problem with many Lily Pillies are Psyllids, this mainly affect many species however is not limited to them.
Some cultivars are more resistant to these pests and are recommended.
What are Psyllids
What we commonly call Psyllids are a small sap sucking insect (Trioza eugeniae) and they are a serious pest.
They thrive on new foliage and also on species with softer foliage than others.
They also thrive on unhealthy plants, those under stress from heat, drought. poor soil or root disturbance. Although sprays are available to combat the problem, plant health is the long term solution.
How to combat Psyllids
Three main steps are available in combating psyllids. The first is choosing resident varieties, look for S. luehmannii and other resistant cultivars.
Secondly maintain good plant health, many species that are not labeled as resistant are excellent plants, and if good health is maintained from a young age few problems arise.
You can of course resort to sprays and chemical methods, some systemic sprays such as Confidor, which is also available in solid form for in ground application will help. Spraying with white oil is another method.
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