There are many varieties available. The most popular of these include:
Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii syn. Syzygium smithii)
- The height of this tree can reach up to 20 metres if grown in its natural environment, however, due to the various cultivars available, the overall heights can vary between 4 metres to 10 metres tall.
- When planting as a feature tree, the root systems can become quite invasive. In this case, ensure that you plant at least 20 metres clear of any sewerage or water mains.
- A. smithii is Lilly Pilly Psyllid resistant variety.
- New growth is bronze green, turning to a dark green once formed.
- White flowers appear in Spring to Summer with light pink to white berries forming from Autumn to Winter.
- A hardy variety that can tolerate light salt conditions, moderate frosts and pollution. It is a great variety to use around pools.
Scrub Cherry (Syzygium australe)
- New growth of this variety is a deeper red than of the A. smithii, which matures to form a dark green leaf.
- White flowers appear in Summer with deep pink berries forming from Autumn to Winter.
- Most of the new growth can be distorted by Lilly Pilly Psyllid. This can be controlled by choosing psyllid-resistant cultivars. However, if treatment is needed, spray with Yates Baythroid Advanced Garden Pest Insect Killer Ready to Use Spray. Spray foliage thoroughly, including the undersides.
- This variety does not tolerate frosts or salty conditions and is not recommended for use around pools.
Small Leafed Lilly Pilly (S. leuhmannii)
- This variety has a weeping habit and has smaller leaves than the other varieties. The new growth is pink and matures to a glossy green colour over a period of several weeks.
- White flowers appear in late Spring and bright red, pear-shaped fruit (known as Riberries) appear through summer.
- Does not tolerate frost conditions and is best grown in temperate to tropical climates.
- It can handle light salt conditions, part shade and is not attacked by psyllids. It is a good choice for pool hedging.
Weeping Lilly Pilly (Waterhousea floribunda)
- Generally used as a tree, it can grow up to 30 metres if left in its natural habit.
- Can be used as a hedging plant and is suitable where the soil can get dry or waterlogged from time to time.
- The new growth is bright green compared to the other varieties and the leaf form is long and narrow.
- Psyllids take advantage of weak and stressed plants. Help your plants stay healthy by keeping the soil moist and feeding them regularly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. If treatment is needed, spray with Yates Baythroid Advanced Garden Pest Insect Killer Ready to Use Spray. Spray foliage thoroughly, including the undersides.
- Psyllid resistant varieties of Lilly Pillies are also available.
- Weeping Lilly Pilly can have some invasive roots and it is advised to keep them at least 6 metres clear of any sewerage or water services.