Lillypilly ‘Select’

Syzigium australe ‘Select’

Synonyms: Scrub Cherry, Thick & Fast.

If you’re looking for a tall and dense screening plant, Lillypilly ‘Select’ is one of the best varieties available. It has been selectively bred to be resistant to psyllid pests and other afflictions common to the genus. Has neat and fast growth, with new leaves emerging an orange/bronze colour before hardening off to a mid-green.

Most often this variety is clipped to form a dense “brick wall” screen or hedge. It can also be left unclipped where it will grow into a small conical tree. Also suitable for topiary. Responds very well to regular pruning. Like most hedging plants though, don’t try and clip it too narrow or you’ll end up with an unsightly mess full of holes.

Applications

  • Hedging
  • Screening
  • Japanese gardens
  • Formal gardens
  • Topiary

Care

Prune lightly and regularly to encourage dense growth. Unpruned plants will become a small tree, which may not provide the screening you’re looking for. Can grow in part shade but  maintains tighter growth in full sun. Does best in rich, well-drained soil. Won’t tolerate waterlogged soils. Use quality fertilizer such as Troforte or Organic Link regularly to produce strong, clean growth.

Features

  • Fine foliage

  • Reddish new growth

  • Fluffy white flowers

  • Attractive pink fruit

  • Holds foliage to ground level if well maintained


Size

Height: 3-4m
Width: 1-2m

Light

Full sun to part shade

Watering

Moderate watering. Can survive drought periods once established.

Growth Rate

Fast if in good conditions.
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