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Syzygium 'Resilience' (Lilly Pilly)

Syzygium Resilience hedge with red foliage growing beside a white fence.
The average plant height is 20 cm
The average plant height is 60 cm
The average plant height is 120 cm This is a large grade plant
The average plant height is 180 cm This is a large grade plant

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Suited to regions:Subtropical, Temperate
Plant type:Shrubs
Height:6.00 m
Spread:3.00 m
Flowering time:Summer
Tolerances:Extended dry periods, Hardy, Wind
Garden uses:Hedging, Living areas, Parks, Pool areas, Screening, Specimen
Garden styles:Backyard, City & Courtyard, Formal, Frontyard, Japanese, Modern
Easy to grow?Yes
Maintenance requirementsLow
Growth rateFast

Syzygium 'Resilience' (Lilly Pilly) Details

Syzygium ‘Resilience’, commonly known as Lilly Pilly, is a very popular hedging shrub in NZ gardens due to its attractive and colourful foliage. New foliage is a stunning, red-bronze colour and ages to become dark green which gives the plant dual colouring during active growth periods. The glossy leaves are produced on a dense network of branches and are complemented with small and fragrant, white flowers in summer. Left untrimmed this will grow to 6 m tall and 3 m wide, though is often trimmed to much smaller sizes which encourages new growth. It grows best when planted in full sun on a well-drained site, and is tolerant of dry periods, moderate frost, cool climates, and coastal environments. This variety of Lilly Pilly is also more resistant to psyllids than other varieties. Syzygium ‘Resilience’ is commonly used for hedging and screening, planted as a backdrop for smaller plants, grown as specimen, included in a mixed planting, planted around outdoor living areas, or maintained in a container. It is a modern plant favoured by landscape designers due to its fantastic aesthetics and versatility.

How Far Apart To Plant A Syzygium ‘Resilience’ Hedge?

Growing an Syzygium ‘Resilience’ hedge starts with determining how far apart to space the plants. As a general guide, 50 cm between the plants is the ideal spacing for a Lilly Pilly hedge. If you want the hedge to fill in faster, you can push the plants closer together, say to 40 cm. However, going wider than 50 cm will have two effects. The first is that the gap between the plants at the base will be harder to fill in. This is because the plants naturally grow upwards rather than sideways. The second is that the plants will tend to grow wider and broader rather than upward. At a closer spacing the plants compete for light, and in doing so, they push each other upwards. The Plant Company recommends a 45-50 cm spacing to achieve an amazing Syzygium ‘Resilience’ hedge.

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