Lillypilly Big Red foliage

Lillypilly ‘Big Red’

Syzigium australe ‘Big Red’

Synonyms: Scrub Cherry.

Big Red is a Lillypilly variety developed here in Queensland. It is well known for its rapid growth rate and dense habit. Most noteworthy however, is the striking red new growth, easily one of the reddest foliage plants on the market. Big Red benefits from regular pruning which will help it maintain a thick, “total blockout” hedge. Also suitable for topiary.


  • Hedging
  • Screening
  • Formal Gardens
  • Japanese style gardens
  • Topiary


Prune lightly and regularly to encourage dense growth. Unpruned plants will be more open and sparse with somewhat of an irregular shape. Can grow in part shade but will maintain tighter growth and better colour in full sun. Does best in rich, well-drained soil. Won’t tolerate waterlogged soils for long. Use quality fertilizer such as Troforte or Organic Link throughout the year to ensure clean and vigorous growth.


  • Larger, glossy leaves
  • Bright red new growth
  • Fluffy white flowers

  • Attractive pink fruit

  • Dense almost to ground level


Height: 3-4m
Width: 2-3m


Full sun to part shade


Moderate watering. Can survive drought periods once established.

Growth Rate

Fast if in good growing conditions.
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