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Lilly Pilly – Native and Versatile

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Where to start with the humble, but wonderful, Lilly Pilly! Of the 5 hedge plants on our “Common” list Lilly Pillies are the only natives, so if that’s a pre-requisite, it’s hard to look past them.

One could probably establish an entire website on Lilly Pillies alone as you can find varieties that can be easily kept to 1m, to those that can get to 10m like Acmena Smithii “Goodbye Neighbours”. Just about all of the Lilly Pilly Syzygium and Acmena species have copper to cherry red new growth. Waterhousea species are more commonly green-leafed.

Ensure you get a variety that is “psyllid-free”. The psyllid won’t kill your Lilly Pilly hedge but up close it certainly won’t look very healthy. Watch also for wax scale that can attack the branches of your plants. Again, they won’t ruin your plant but it doesn’t look too good. If left unchecked it’s extremely hard to eradicate. For more information on the pesky little psyllid, click here.

Note: Acmena species of Lilly Pillies are generally more Psyllid resistant than Syzygium species. Double check the label and with your local nursery staff.

Biggest Positive: Dark foliage colour – great garden contrast

Biggest Negative: Diseases and pests


NameLilly PillyTiny Trev, Goodbye Neighbours, Bush Christmas, Allyn Magic, Cherry Surprise
LeafNewCherry Red, Copper through to Bronze
OldGenerally dull green but the plant as a whole will maintain it's bronzey look throughout the year.
SizeSmall and fluffy
FragrantCan Be
Time of YearSummer
AgeingNo Problems
SizeHeight1 - 10m
Width80cm - 2m
RateMedium - Fast (Acmena species, unless labelled "Dwarf" are usually fast)

Lilly Pillies are native to Australia. Give them native fertiliser, not one of the all-purpose jobbies.

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