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 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 psyllids. This can be controlled by choosing psyllid resistant cultivars. Help your plants stay healthy by keeping the soil moist and feeding them regularly with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
- 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 Lillypilly (Waterhousea floribunda)
- Generally used as a tree it can grow up to 30 metres if left in its natural habit.
- Can be used 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.
- 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.