Syzygium australe- Brush cherry
Syzygium australe- Brush cherry is small-medium sized evergreen tree. Is fast growing has glossy green leaves, the new growth is a coppery-red colour. In summer it produces clusters of fluffy white flowers. These are followed by pinky-purple berries.
A great choice for a privacy screen. Its fast growing, loves getting pruned and has dense foliage. Can also be shaped into topiary balls or standards. Can be kept in a container. And a great choice for an edible/bush tucker garden as the berries are edible, they make a great jam.
Best grown in a sunny position, although tolerates part shade. Can be grown in most soil types, but does best in moist well drained soil. Will survive frost once established but young plants should be covered.
Botanical name: Syzygium australe
Common name: Brush cherry
Native to: Australia
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Whats the fastest growing lilly pilly?
We find that syzygium austral is the fastest growing of the lilly pillies. A small 140mm plant like the ones we sell can form a decent screen in 2-3 years. Plant them about 1m apart and fertilise with dynamic lifter or blood and bone. Keep the water up to them during summer and they will establish really fast.
Are lilly pilly berries poisonous?
No. Birds love the berries on lilly pillies and they can also make quite a nice jam or jelly.
To make lilly pilly jelly all you need is some berries, sugar, water and a couple of lemons.
Boil the berries in some water for around an hour. Remove the berries from the water, best done with a strainer.
Return the water into the pot. Add 1/2-3/4 cup of sugar to each cup of the juice. Squirt in some lemon juice. And return to boil. Place in jars and you're good to go.
What are the small bumps on my lilly pilly leaves?
These are psyllids and they can really make the foliage look ugly. For treatment use eco-neem or a systemic insecticide for chewing insects.
What is eating my lilly pillies?
That is most likely paropsides calyspo (lilly pilly bettle) and it's a real pain. It decimates the foliage making the shrub quite unattractive. Both the larvae and the adult beetle eat the foliage. For an eco solution try using eco-oil mixed with eco-neem.
Paropsides calyspo may appear to disappear in winter but the bettle has just moved underground, it will be back once the weather warms up, unfortunately.
Waterhousea floribunda and acmena smithii are 2 other common lilly pillies yet they seem to be far more resistant to both psyllids and Paropsides calyspo.
How do you propagate syzygium australe?
Our preferred method of propagation is collecting and sowing the seed. You can read this article or watch the short video below. Syzygium can also be propagated using cuttings placed into a mix of perlite and peat moss.