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Lilly Pilly

Acmena smithii (Eugenia smithii)

Small (1 cm) pink-white berry with a very mild, watery taste. The fruit is occasionally made into jams, jellies, or drinks, but the tree is usually planted for ornamental purposes, or to attract birds.

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Description

Small shrub, bush, or tree to 20ft, though occasionally growing to 30-40ft. 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.

Hardiness

The lilly pilly is fairly hardy and needs only a subtropical climate to flourish. Protection should be given from long or hard freezes.

Growing Environment

Plants enjoy profuse amounts of water but will grow in drier areas, and grow best in areas of light sun or shade. Plant in well-drained soil.

Propagation

By seeds or cuttings. Seeds should be planted fresh as they don't store well. Plant in well-drained soil. Keep the soil at 65-80F and shelter young plants from cold and direct sunlight.

Uses

Eaten fresh and used in jams, jellies, preserves, drinks.

Native Range

Native to Queensland, Australia. The lilly pilly is usually found in subtropical rainforest areas, or in dry rainforest areas near streams.

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