Syzygium australe ‘Bush Christmas’ – Lilly Pilly


A medium-sized, dense shrub with mid-sized glossy green leaves and white powder-puff flowers followed by pinkish fruits. The pleasantly sour fruit can be eaten, either fresh or made into jams, sauces and jellies. The fruit also attracts birds. A great feature plant, for screening and windbreaks, and a great hedge or topiary plant. Also good for pots. Can be affected by psyllids.
Good for sunny to lightly shaded spots in most soils. Best performance is produced from regular watering, fertilizing and a light regular trim to encourage more compact growth. New foliage is in orange shades.

Family : Myrtaceae
Cultivar Name: Bush Christmas
Plant Type : Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Spring
Soil Type : Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Bonsai, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Syzygium australe
Common Name : Lilly Pilly
Height : 6
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies