Sunday, April 26, 2009

Syzygium australe , Brush Cherry

Rainbow LorikeetSyzygium australe, Brush Cherry fruit

Often I am woken in the morning by a screeching noisy flock of rainbow lorikeets who, with their persistent raucous chattering are clambering through the bottle brush flowers outside my window. The other day I was surprised to see a large group on the ground working their way through the fallen fruit of a Brush Cherry. This is one of the most fruitful of the now common Lilly Pilly trees and some care needs to be taken as to where to plant one. If you park your car under one during the fruit season to will be covered with pink polka dots in no time. They can also be messy if planted near paved areas or pathways. It is a very attractive tree for larger gardens and is guaranteed to attract a variety of wildlife. Growing up to 9 metres it is a hardy tree over a range of climates.

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