Acmena smithii – Lilly Pilly

Acmena smithii is a compact, fast growing shrub to small tree with pink new foliage growth, cream to white flowers and white to dark red or purple berries in summer. It has a naturally dense growth habit which responds beautifully to pruning, making it a great hedge and topiary plant. It grows around 3 to 5 metres, depending on the variety. It is genarally a good easy care plant. Tolerates a wide range of soils, but prefers a moist well drained soil. Does well in sunny to fully shaded positions. Rarely troubled by pests or diseases, and is generally resistant to psyllids, though aphids and sooty mould can become a problem at times.

Note – the fleshy fruit can become a slip and trip hazard when it falls, so will need regular cleaning up

Family : Myrtaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small shrub, Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Clay, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Scientific Name: Acmena smithii
Common Name : Lilly Pilly
Height : 5
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects