A popular Australian native, Syzygium australe Resilience, is an all-around perfect hedging plant. A fast growing and resilience to many pests and disease that thrives in most conditions. Has glossy-green foliage, preceded by red new growth. Also known as Lilly Pilly, it produces white flowers followed by small, edible, pink and dark-red fruit. Once established it will tolerate drought conditions.
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Syzygium Australe Resilience (Lilly pilly) is a fast-growing compact plant that has green foliage that emerges with a reddish bronze tinge.
Syzygium australe is one of the most popular and extensively cultivated Lilly Pilly plants, and it comes in two varieties: Select and Resilience. The Lilly Pilly Resilience cultivar is known for its glossy-green foliage and its hedge and screening properties. This variety is an all-round attractive and strong plant that is ideal for anyone wanting to plant a perky lilly pilly in their gardens. Resilience has larger leaves than the Select variety and is also well-known bush tucker, bearing big pink edible fruits in the Summer that have long been known as gourmet bush food. The Resilience Lilly Pilly plant is an easy option for any gardener, regardless of experience, so if you want to know a few expert tips on how to grow a healthy Lilly Pilly Resilience, keep on reading!
This plant is tolerant of a wide range of growing environments because of its hardy and adaptive nature. However, if you position it in particular places in your garden, it will respond better and remain healthy. Learn where it is best to plant your syzygium resilience in the next paragraph! Lilly Pilly Resilience was developed to provide gardeners with a low-maintenance and pest-free plant, so it shouldn't cause too much trouble once it's established in your garden. Depending on the environment, lilly pillies might take 3 to 5 years to fully mature.
Positions with full sun are suggested for better development and overall attractiveness of this plant. However, it can also flourish in more shady areas. A good supply of sunlight each day, with shadier afternoons, should then be ideal for your Lilly Pilly Resilience. This adaptable plant, which can grow to be around 4 to 5 meters tall and 2 to 3 meters wide, can be used as a natural hedge and screening alternative, or it can be planted as a centerpiece for landscaping or other gardening projects of your choice.
As the plant grows in its juvenile stage, it will require a regular watering schedule but after that, it will become more drought tolerant. In general, moderate and supplemental watering is necessary, particularly during hot and dry Summer days and throughout its active flowering and fruiting seasons from Spring to Summer. It is critical though to avoid overwatering your Lilly Pilly Resilience as it may cause rooting problems.
Normal humidity and temperate conditions should be sufficient for this plant to thrive. In fact, if you live in drier area you can always increase humidity levels by spraying the Resilience Lilly Pilly with water on a regular basis. However, long periods of frost should be avoided and you should take special care during colder Winter months.
Fertilise your plant in the Spring with a natural and balanced slow-release fertiliser to boost the gorgeous blooms and nutritious fruits of your plant. In terms of soil, any Lilly Pilly variety prefers rich, well-draining soil, hence you need to avoid applying heavy soils since these plants do not like thick and moist soil. You can improve the soil by adding organic compost and peat moss for better drainage.
We recommend using our Plant Food available here.
We recommend that after the flowering seasons you prune your Lilly Pilly Resilience. Fallen fruits and blossoms will need to be cleaned up around your plant on a regular basis, especially after the growing season. Pruning does wonders for lilly pillies, and it can be done periodically for more dense and compact growth and a neater appearance, particularly when used as a formal hedge or screen. It can also be left untrimmed to grow into a tiny and conical tree. If you want to avoid your plant fruiting, trim off old flower heads, which will prevent any fruits from developing.
Syzygium resilience was specifically cultivated to be resistant to many of the common lilly pilly pests and illnesses, so you should have no trouble establishing your plant. Bear in mind that overwatering or underwatering can cause root rot, so as long as you have a firm grasp on your plant's watering requirements, you should enjoy a healthy and happy Lilly Pilly Resilience for many years.
For more information on how to manage common plant pests, head to our blog here.
Lilly Pilly Resilience is not toxic to people and animals and after a quick rinse its fruits can be eaten fresh. Indeed, in the Summer, the creamy-white flower heads will transform to pink elongated fruits which resemble berries. They are known as riberries and have a crisp and fresh texture as well as a somewhat sour flavor. They are great for jams, jellies, sauces, and other culinary projects.
The best way to propagate your Lilly Pilly Resilience is using the cuttings method. During the Summer, cuttings from the current season's growth can be taken from a healthy, disease-free donor plant. Following this procedure you will be able to grow a new, healthy plant:
1. Take a 10 to 15 centimeter cutting of new semi-hard growth from the parent plant with a sharpened and sterile pair of gardening scissors.
2. Remove the cutting's bottom leaves and halfway trim the remaining leaves.
3. When your cutting has dried, dip its end into some rooting mixture before placing it in a prepared container or pot filled with rich, well-draining soil.
4. After you plant your cutting, make sure to thoroughly water it.
5. Place it in a warm position with bright but indirect light.
Make sure to keep the soil moist as the cutting grows its new roots. Allow your cutting to establish itself for a few months before transplanting it into its permanent location in your garden.
As an Australian native, the Lilly Pilly Resilience is a great choice and offers a fairly drought tolerant option whilst being popular with native fauna. The Lilly Pilly Resilience offers design versatility, but is perhaps most popular as a screening plant along fence lines and other boundaries. Australian plants can have more of a rugged appearance but the Lilly Pilly Resilience when manicured will offer a lush green formal finish and being quick growing, regular trimming will achieve a dense hedge. This makes it well suited for formal gardens where hedges, standards and geometric designs are prevalent.
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