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Lilly Pillies


These pages will look at the genus Syzygium and similar or related genera including Acmena, Austromyrtus, Eugenia, and Waterhousea.

This is an enormous subject, as lillypillies become increasingly popular for hedging, topiary and feature shrubs and trees, and as the number of selections, cultivars, brand names and even hybrids proliferate in the marketplace, ranging from rainforest trees to relatively dwarf shrubs. Information and links will be added as they come to hand.

Psyllids These disfiguring leaf pests unfortunately affect many commonly grown Lillypillies. Some species and cultivars are said to be more resistant than others. Providng good growing conditions may help, but in these days of low maintenance and low-water-use gardens, it makes sense to select resistant species or culivars if the option is available.

News

Myrtle rust a threat to Lillypillies
This disease attacks a wide variety of plants in the family Myrtaceae. It was first detected in NSW in 2010, but has since been identified in Qld. The extent of the host range is still being investigated, but species of Acmena, Gossia, have been included in the list so far. For more information on the disease and up-to-date information concerning reporting obligations and quarantine restrictions, visit Biosecurity Queensland, the Myrtle Rust website (NSW Department of Primary Industries), or contact the relevant authority in your state or territory. (February 2011)

Links

Be sure to also check the many sites listed on the General Information page and in the "More Links" section at the bottom of this page.

General

The Blooming Lilly Pilly Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Lilly Pillys in the Garden Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Colourful Foliage Plants Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Edible lilly pillies?? Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants

Classification

Whether some of the genera should be grouped or split is yet to be resolved.
Syzygium group of genera Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian National Herbarium
Common Lillypilly Acmena smithii (Syzygium smithii) Some good notes and photos on telling the difference between Syzygium and Acmena at Toowoomba Plants
Evolution of the Myrtle Family in Australia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants

Species or Groups

Acmena
Grouped with Syzygium by some authorities
Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Red Apple (Acmena brachyandra) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Acmena smithii (Poir.) Merr. & L.M.Perry New South Wales Flora Online
Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Eungella Satinash (Acmena resa, Syzygium wesa) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland

Eugenia
Cedar Bay Cherry (Eugenia reinwardtiana) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Cedar Bay Cherry (Eugenia reinwardtiana) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)

Gossia, Lenwebbia (Formerly Austromyrtus)
These links have been moved to their own page: Austromyrtus
Syzygium
Syzygium australe Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium australe Scrub cherry, brush cherry, creek cherry, creek lilly pilly, creek satinash. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Syzygium australe Scrub Cherry. Save Our Waterways Now (Brisbane)
Lilly Pillies (Syzygium australe cultivars) Grow Me Instead
Hinterland Lilly Pilly (Syzygium australe 'Hinterland Gold') Grow Me Instead
Syzygium australe The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Cascade Lilly Pilly (Syzygium 'Cascade') Grow Me Instead
Syzygium cormiflorum Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium cormiflorum James Cook University
Purple Cherry (Syzygium crebrinerve) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Syzygium cryptophlebium James Cook University
Syzygium cryptophlebium The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium dansiei The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Johnson River Satinash (Syzygium erythrocalyx) At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Syzygium erythrocalyx The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium fibrosum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Francis' Water Gum (Syzigium francisii) Flora of Lamington National Park, Qld
Syzygium floribundum Weeping lilly pilly, weeping myrtle. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Dwarf Water Gum (Syzygium francisii 'Little Gem') Grow Me Instead
Syzygium floribundum Sassafras rainforest regeneration project, NSW
Syzygium francisii Giant water gum, rose satinash. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Grey satinash (Syzygium gustavioides syn. Eugenia gustavioides) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland
Syzygium hemilamprum subsp. hemilamprum Broad-leaved lilly pilly. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Syzygium hemilamprum subsp. hemilamprum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium hemilamprum subsp. orophilum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium ingens Red apple. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii) Australian Native Foods, CSIRO
Small Leaved Lilly Pilly (Syzygium luehmannii) Grow Me Instead
Syzygium luehmannii The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium luehmannii Macquarie University (PDF)
Syzygium luehmannii Waverly Council, NSW
Riberry Ninti One - Innovation for remote Australia
Factsheet: Riberry Rural Industries R&D Corporation
Riberry Rare Fruit Club WA
Riberry Australian Native Food Industry Limited (ANFIL)
Riberry Macquarie University (PDF)
Syzygium moorei (F.Muell.) L.A.S.Johnson New South Wales Flora Online
Syzygium oleosum The Society for Growing Australian Plants Townsville Branch Inc.
Syzygium oleosum Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium oleosum Blue Lilly Pilly. Save Our Waterways Now (Brisbane)
Syzygium oleosum Blue lilly pilly, scented satinash. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Syzygium oleosum (F.Muell.) B.Hyland New South Wales Flora Online
Syzygium oleosum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium paniculatum Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium paniculatum NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (PDF)
Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn. PlantNET, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
Syzygium paniculatum - Gaertn. Plants For A Future
Syzygium paniculatum Gaertn. New South Wales Flora Online
Syzygium papyraceum The Society for Growing Australian Plants Townsville Branch Inc.
Syzygium papyraceum Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium smithii Creek lilly pilly, narrow-leaved lilly pilly. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Syzygium smithii Sassafras rainforest regeneration project, NSW
Syzygium smithii The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Lady Apple (Syzygium suborbiculare) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Syzygium suborbiculare The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium suborbiculare Species Bank, Dept. Environment and Water Resources, Australian Govt
Syzygium tierneyanum The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Syzygium wilsonii Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Syzygium wilsonii The Society for Growing Australian Plants Townsville Branch Inc.
Syzygium wilsonii Australian National Botanic Gardens
Pink Powderpuff Lillypilly (Syzygium hybrid) 'Cascade' Macquarie University (PDF)

Waterhousea
Another genera now included in Syzygium by some authorities
Waterhousea floribunda Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Roly Poly Satinash Waterhousea unipunctata At "Grow Me Instead" (an Australian website informing gardeners about safer alternatives to invasive ornamentals)
Waterhousea unipunctata Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Waterhousea floribunda (F.Muell.) B.Hyland New South Wales Flora Online

Alternative spellings and misspellings: Lilly pilly, Lillipilly, Lillipillies, Lilly-pilly, Lilly-pillies, Lily Pilly, Lily Pillies, Lilly Pillies, Lily-Pilly, Lily-Pillies, Syzygium leuhmanii, Syzygium leuhmanii, Syzygium luehmanii.


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Related Topics:

Trees (General)
Shrubs (General)
Hedges (General)


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