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.
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.
Reddish new growth
Fluffy white flowers
Attractive pink fruit
Holds foliage to ground level if well maintained