Lilly Pilly

Lilly Pilly fruits
The pink fruits of the Lilly Pilly (Acmena smithii )
Image: Rodney Start
Source: Museum Victoria

Wanduin (Gunaikurnai name for the fruit)

Botanical name: Acmena smithii
Family: Myrtaceae

Uses

The pale mauve or white berry-like fruit is pleasantly tart and juicy and can be eaten raw as a refreshing snack food. Lilly Pilly fruits were used by early settlers to make jam.

Distribution

A. smithii is widespread across east coast rainforests. It grows in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and on King Island.

Cultivation

This tree grows between 3–30 m. In cultivation it is a medium tree with a dense canopy that can be pruned to make a hedge. It thrives in cool, moist soils but is adaptable to a range of soil types and conditions. It is resistant to moderate frosts and is one of the lilly pillys least susceptible to the psyllid pests that create a pimpling effect on the leaves.

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