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SYZYGIUM smithii

Commonly known as Lilli pilli, Monkey apple

Creamy-white flowers, followed by white to maroon berries
  • Evergreen
    Glossy green, lance-shaped to elliptic leaves to 10cm (4in) long tapering to a point, emerge in shades of red
  • Height
    3m (10ft)
  • Spread
    2.5m (8ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Fast-growing shrub or small tree. Attractive new foliage in shades of pink and red. Fluffy flowers are followed by fleshy fruit about 1.5cm (½in) in diameter
  • Tree
  • Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse
    Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
  • Will grow outside in milder locations
    This could include plants which would survive happily in a greenhouse or conservatory if not in a mild location. If you have a sheltered spot in your garden then it may do well here.
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade

SYZYGIUM smithii

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects. Best grown in a large container and brought into shelter for the winter
    Pests & Diseases
    Trouble free
    Place of origin
    Eastern Australia (Queensland to Victoria). Naturalised in New Zealand
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Australian / New Zealand
  • Hardiness
    Half hardy (down to 0)
  • Leaf Colour (if not green)
    Red
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
    Scented foliage
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Bird friendly
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3m (10ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  2.5m (8ft)
 

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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