Australian Native Plants Fact Sheet
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Blue Lilly Pilly
Small evergreen tree 4 - 15 m
East coast rainforests from north Queensland to southern
New South Wales.
The leaves have a dark glossy upper surface and paler
under-surface. The leaves have oil dots and are distinctly aromatic
when crushed. Its flowers are small and white-cream colored. It
produces a purplish red fruit when young, changing to purplish blue
Propagation may be carried out from fresh seed, either
by sowing the fruits whole or after removing the flesh. The species can
also be grown from cuttings of firm, current season's growth.
ainforests and wet sclerophyll forests. Prefers rich, well
drained soils but will survive in poorer soils. Can be prone to lillypilly
psyllid damage, but responds well to clipping. Makes an excellent
The fruit can be eaten freshly picked from the tree or cooked. It
has a pleasantly crisp texture and is mildly aromatic and sweet. The
fruit can also be made into jams, jellies and wine. It is also grown as an
ornamental plant. Food for native birds.