Taking the high road, "Straight and Narrow™" Lilly Pilly (Syzygium australe) shoots up as a very tall and narrow shrub, making it a standout addition to any garden. Its new growth brings a burst of orange-bronze, adding a vibrant hue to the landscape. For those tight spots or when aiming for that streamlined look, this Aussie native is a brilliant choice.
Planting this slender beauty? A dose of soil conditioner will give it the perfect start in sandy grounds. It’s decently drought-hardy after finding its feet, but during Bunuru (late summer) heat waves, it'll appreciate a splash more water. Keep it in tip-top shape with a gentle trim post-flowering, ensuring it remains on the straight and narrow in both name and nature. A bit of fun with the name, but it truly lives up to it!
|Syzygium australe Select
|Straight and Narrow™
|5 - 8 M
|1 - 2 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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