Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

17 October 2013

Sunlight through Lilly Pilly leaves

My mother planted one of these in the 1960s when they were sold as Eugenia smithii.  A few years later they were sold in nurseries as Acmena smithii but they've actually been botanically classified as Syzygium smithii for many decades and they're commonly called lilly pillies!  Anyway this wet year has been very beneficial to these lilly pillies that I grew from seed and which have responded with an abundance of reddish and coppery new growth.

Syzygium is a diverse genus and includes riberry (Syzygium lehmannii) and clove (Syzygium aromaticum).  Syzygium smithii is reported to be more resistant to myrtle rust which is devastating many other myrtaceae species in the eastern mainland states.

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