Blue Lilly Pilly
Pink to bluish berry-fruit with a crunchy, watery flavor that has hints of lavender and ginger. Similar to the brush cherry in appearance.
Small shrub, bush, or tree to 20-40ft, but can grow taller. Flowers are small and fluffy, with a creamy white color. Flowering is generally in Spring, and is followed by large bunches of the fruit which ripen a couple of months later. Fruits attract many kinds of birds.
The blue lilly pilly is fairly hardy and needs only a subtropical climate to flourish. Protection should be given from long or hard freezes.
Plants enjoy profuse amounts of water but will grow in drier areas, and grow best in areas of light sun or shade.
By seeds or cuttings. As seeds begin germination they will appear to crack open. The roots and main shoot appear from the central portion of the seed.
Eaten fresh and used in jams, jellies, preserves, drinks.
Native to rain forest areas from North Queensland through New South Wales, Australia. The blue lilly pilly is usually found in subtropical rain forest areas, or in rain forest areas near streams.