Meet the "Silly Pilly" Lilly Pilly (Syzygium australe), an Australian native that sure isn't silly when it comes to staying sturdy. Bred from "Resilience" and boasting that rich orangey-red new growth, this medium to large shrub truly knows how to stand out. What makes it unique? It's seed-grown, which means it sports a sturdy tap-root, allowing it to dance through the breezy days without a wobble while still showcasing all the admirable traits of its parent.
Keen on getting the best out of this not-so-silly fella? When planting in sandy ground, a mix of soil conditioner will make it feel right at home. And though it's moderately drought-hardy once settled, it wouldn't say no to some extra water during Bunuru (late summer) heat waves. A trim after flowering will keep it looking sharp and ready for the next performance. So, while its name might be playful, its gardening game is anything but!
|Syzygium australe 'Resilience' x hybrida
|3 - 5 M
|2 - 4 M
|Full sun to part shade
|Well-draining sandy/loamy soils improved with soil conditioners.
|Deep, consistant watering is ideal while the plant is establishing through hot weather. Once established, it's drought-hardy, but will perform better with regular water through warm weather.
|Kambarang (late spring) to Birak (early summer)
|Fruits are edible, though ornamental varieties are bred for their looks, not their taste. Entire plant is considered non-toxic to humans and pets.
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