Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

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Description

Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow', commonly known as the 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly, is a distinct cultivar of the Australian native Lilly Pilly. It is highly prized for its unique, upright, and columnar growth habit, making it an excellent choice for narrow spaces or as an architectural feature in the landscape. This evergreen shrub or small tree belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is ideal for formal hedging, screening, and vertical accentuation in various garden settings.

Common Name: 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly
Mature Height (meters): Can grow up to about 5-7 meters
Mature Width (meters): Approximately 1-1.5 meters, known for its slim profile
Spacing: Plant at least 1 meter apart from other plants or structures to accommodate its upright growth.
Foliage: The 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly features dense, glossy green leaves that maintain a neat and tidy appearance throughout the year. The foliage is evergreen, providing constant visual interest.
Flowering Period: It produces small, white, fluffy flowers in summer, followed by edible, purple-red berries that are attractive to birds and can be used in jams and jellies.
Form/Habit: This cultivar is particularly noted for its tight, columnar form, growing upright and straight, which is quite different from the broader growth habits of other Lilly Pilly varieties.
Uses: Ideal for narrow hedging, screening in tight spaces, creating vertical elements in the garden, and container planting. It's also suitable as a feature plant in both residential and public landscapes.
Sun: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
Maintenance: Low to moderate maintenance; requires occasional pruning to maintain its narrow shape and to encourage dense foliage growth.
Water Requirement: Moderate; regular watering is recommended, especially during dry periods and in the tree's early years.

    Planting your Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

    How to Plant:

    • Choose a location with well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade exposure.
    • Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball.
    • Place the plant in the hole, ensuring it is at the correct depth.
    • Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch to conserve moisture.

    Caring For Your Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

    Caring for Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow':

    • Water regularly, especially during extended dry periods, to establish a deep, extensive root system.
    • Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring.
    • Prune as needed to maintain the columnar shape and promote a dense growth habit.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    • When is the best time to plant 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly?
      Planting in early spring or fall is ideal, allowing the plant to establish before extreme weather conditions.
    • How often should I water my 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly?
      Regular watering is important, especially during the first few years of growth and in periods of drought.
    • Is 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly susceptible to any pests or diseases?
      While generally robust, it can be susceptible to pests like psyllids. Choosing resistant varieties and providing proper care can help minimize issues.
    • Can 'Straight & Narrow' be used for topiary?
      Yes, its dense growth and upright habit make it suitable for shaping into various topiary forms.
    • What makes 'Straight & Narrow' different from other Lilly Pilly varieties?
      Its unique columnar growth habit, suitability for narrow spaces, and ease of maintenance make it a favored choice for urban and contemporary landscapes.

    Description

    Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow', commonly known as the 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly, is a distinct cultivar of the Australian native Lilly Pilly. It is highly prized for its unique, upright, and columnar growth habit, making it an excellent choice for narrow spaces or as an architectural feature in the landscape. This evergreen shrub or small tree belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is ideal for formal hedging, screening, and vertical accentuation in various garden settings.

    Common Name: 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly
    Mature Height (meters): Can grow up to about 5-7 meters
    Mature Width (meters): Approximately 1-1.5 meters, known for its slim profile
    Spacing: Plant at least 1 meter apart from other plants or structures to accommodate its upright growth.
    Foliage: The 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly features dense, glossy green leaves that maintain a neat and tidy appearance throughout the year. The foliage is evergreen, providing constant visual interest.
    Flowering Period: It produces small, white, fluffy flowers in summer, followed by edible, purple-red berries that are attractive to birds and can be used in jams and jellies.
    Form/Habit: This cultivar is particularly noted for its tight, columnar form, growing upright and straight, which is quite different from the broader growth habits of other Lilly Pilly varieties.
    Uses: Ideal for narrow hedging, screening in tight spaces, creating vertical elements in the garden, and container planting. It's also suitable as a feature plant in both residential and public landscapes.
    Sun: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
    Maintenance: Low to moderate maintenance; requires occasional pruning to maintain its narrow shape and to encourage dense foliage growth.
    Water Requirement: Moderate; regular watering is recommended, especially during dry periods and in the tree's early years.

      Planting your Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

      How to Plant:

      • Choose a location with well-draining soil and full sun to partial shade exposure.
      • Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball.
      • Place the plant in the hole, ensuring it is at the correct depth.
      • Backfill with soil, water thoroughly, and apply a layer of mulch to conserve moisture.

      Caring For Your Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

      Caring for Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow':

      • Water regularly, especially during extended dry periods, to establish a deep, extensive root system.
      • Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring.
      • Prune as needed to maintain the columnar shape and promote a dense growth habit.

      Frequently Asked Questions about Syzygium australe 'Straight & Narrow' - Lilly Pilly

      Frequently Asked Questions:

      • When is the best time to plant 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly?
        Planting in early spring or fall is ideal, allowing the plant to establish before extreme weather conditions.
      • How often should I water my 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly?
        Regular watering is important, especially during the first few years of growth and in periods of drought.
      • Is 'Straight & Narrow' Lilly Pilly susceptible to any pests or diseases?
        While generally robust, it can be susceptible to pests like psyllids. Choosing resistant varieties and providing proper care can help minimize issues.
      • Can 'Straight & Narrow' be used for topiary?
        Yes, its dense growth and upright habit make it suitable for shaping into various topiary forms.
      • What makes 'Straight & Narrow' different from other Lilly Pilly varieties?
        Its unique columnar growth habit, suitability for narrow spaces, and ease of maintenance make it a favored choice for urban and contemporary landscapes.

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