AllRound offers advice for owners of lilly pilly trees and shrubs
Introducing the showy – and tasty – lilly pilly tree
The popular lilly pilly tree is very versatile. This native can be grown ornamentally in pots and easily controlled. It can also be grown as a tall, upright, columnar tree, reaching 8 to 10 metres in urban settings (35 metres in its native rainforest). Or it also makes a great hedge. You can plant lilly pilly trees close together and successfully use topiary on them.
Lilly pilly flowers and fruit
The lilly pilly tree grows small, white, fragrant flowers in clusters that will attract pollinating birds and bees. The trees grow pink to red leaves in spring, flower in spring to early summer and fruit in December to February.
The reddish pink or purple fruit are a tasty bushfood! They are known as riberries, and grow to 10 to 13mm long, covering a single seed of up to 4mm diameter. Riberries have a tart flavour that is reminiscent of cranberries, with a hint of clove. You can eat them fresh, straight of the tree, or cook them up in delicious jams, sauces, syrups and confectionary. There are plenty of recipes on the internet that you can explore.
Growing and pruning your lilly pilly
Propagate lilly pilly trees from cuttings to ensure you achieve the particular look and form you want. Lilly pillies will do equally well in sun or part shade. They are not fussy about soil, either, thriving in most soil types as long as they are well-drained. Regular all-purpose fertilisation should also be plenty of care for this hardy and self-sufficient tree.
Be careful where you plant your tree with regard to pipes, however, as lilly pilly roots can be aggressive in their search for water. But give your lilly pilly tree or hedge lots of room and you will enjoy the appearance, fragrance and taste of this lovely native tree for many years to come.
For all your planting, trimming or topiary needs for your lilly pilly trees or hedges contact AllRound Tree Services today.