Grow Guide: Lilly Pilly Resilience (Syzygium australe ‘Resilience’)

One of the most common uses for this attractive cultivar is for hedging or screening. It is fast-growing with a relatively dense growth habit and responds really well to regular pruning.

Lilly Pilly Resilience is an Australian native cultivar and is extremely popular for growing as a hedging plant. It’s a hardy native that will thrive in many areas around the country.

So, if you’re after a fast-growing hedge or screening plant or you just want an outstanding feature plant, here’s everything you need to know about growing Lilly Pilly Resilience.

Appearance and common uses

Lilly Pilly Resilience features glossy light green foliage that starts out as reddish-bronze. It is a fast-growing cultivar with a relatively dense growth habit. This can be enhanced even further with regular tip pruning when the plant is young. 

The plant can reach a height of 5 metres with a width of around 3 metres. This is why it’s such a popular hedging plant. It produces masses of white flowers in spring and these are followed by edible fruits

One of the most common uses for this attractive cultivar is for hedging or screening as it responds really well to regular pruning. In fact, it can even be shaped into a topiary if your pruning skills are up for the challenge.

Additionally, this cultivar is also suitable for growing in a pot and would look fantastic near the entrance of your home.

Climate and location requirements

Lilly Pilly Resilience can be grown in most climates around the country. This includes sub-tropical, warm temperate, cool temperate and even Mediterranean climates.

Similarly, this cultivar will thrive in a variety of different soil types but does best in soils that have been enriched with organic matter. The soil should also be free-draining but the plant can handle moderately moist soils.

Ideally, you want to grow your Lilly Pilly in full sun if possible but it can handle light shade. However, it will produce denser growth and more flowers and fruit when grown in full sun.

How to plant Lilly Pilly Resilience

Before you plant your Lilly Pilly Resilience, give the soil a boost by digging in some organic matter. If you have heavy clay soil, consider adding some gypsum to help break it up.

Create a planting hole that is wider and only slightly deeper than the rootball of the plant.

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Take the plant out of its pot and tease out the roots gently. Place it in the centre of the hole and then backfill this with premium soil. This allows the roots to establish faster.

Water your plant well once it’s in the ground. As an added bonus, consider adding some liquid seaweed solution to the water to give your plant a good head start. This will help new root development.

Place a layer of organic mulch around your plant. This will help to retain soil moisture and benefit the plant by keeping the roots cooler.

Creating a hedge with Lilly Pilly Resilience

As already mentioned, this type of Lilly Pilly is perfect for hedging and if planted correctly, you could have a nice dense hedge in no time.

This brings us to the correct spacing. How far apart you plant your cultivars will depend on how fast you want your hedge to establish. As a general guide, space plants around 75 cm apart.

However, if you want your Lilly Pilly hedge to establish really quickly, consider spacing your plants just 50 cm apart. But, if you’re watching your budget and don’t mind waiting a little longer for your hedge to become nice and dense, then you can space your plants up to 1 metre apart.

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Follow the same planting steps as above. You’ll probably find it easier to create all your planting holes first before placing your hedge plants in the ground.

Make sure you water the plants in well and add a good layer of organic mulch around the them.

Ensure you keep your young plants well-watered and give them a general tip-prune to encourage that lovely bushy growth that you’re after.

How to care for Lilly Pilly Resilience

Once your Lilly Pilly is in the ground, make sure you keep it well-watered until it becomes fully established. Once the roots have had a chance to establish themselves, this cultivar is relatively drought tolerant and should survive on just the occasional watering when conditions are dry.

To give your Lilly Pilly a nice shape, it’s important to tip-prune your plant from a young age.

However, if you’re growing it as a feature plant and prefer a more natural growth habit, you won’t be disappointed because this cultivar can grow into a conical, small tree.

To encourage lush new growth and lots of flowers and fruits, give your plant an application of slow-release fertiliser that is suitable for natives in spring.

Lilly Pilly Resilience problems, pests, and diseases

Thankfully, this cultivar has been bred to be psyllid resistant. This means that you won’t have to deal with this common Lilly Pilly pest.

However, sap-sucking insects such as aphids, mealy bugs and scale can still infect your plant.

These are easily dealt with by using a spray made from neem oil and water whenever you see evidence of these pests on your plant. 

Lilly Pilly Resilience vs Lilly Pilly Select

The most obvious difference between Lilly Pilly Resilience and Lilly Pilly Select is the size of the leaves. Lilly Pilly Select has a narrower leaf than Resilience and a somewhat more compact growth habit. 

However, both varieties can grow to a height of 5 metres and are excellent for hedging. They are also resistant to most common pests and diseases.

Lilly Pilly Resilience vs Lilly Pilly Backyard Bliss

To the best of my understanding, there’s very little difference between Lilly Pilly Resilience and Lilly Pilly Backyard Bliss except for their origins.

While Lilly Pilly Resilience has been bred from the Syzygium australe species, Backyard Bliss has been bred from the Syzygium paniculata species.

However, Backyard Bliss is slighter smaller-growing and will reach a height of around 4 metres and a width of around 1 metre. This makes it ideal for growing in smaller spaces but means you have to space your plants closer together if you want to create a nice dense hedge.

When choosing between the two, note that both cultivars are psyllid and disease resistant and both can tolerate some frost and dry conditions once well-established.


What is the root system on the Lilly pilly Resilience?

Lilly Pilly Resilience has a non-invasive root system. This means that this plant can be established near buildings, paved areas and even around pools.

How fast does Lilly pilly Resilience grow?

Lilly Pilly Resilience is a fast-growing native and can reach full maturity in around three to five years. It can easily grow to a height of 5 metres but this can be controlled with regular pruning.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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