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Syzygium moorei - coolamon

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The multiple common names for this lilly pilly are testament to its usefulness and value through the centuries. It's a rare tree in the wild, and not often planted in suburbia because it can get very tall when full grown, although as it is slow-growing this will take a while! While it's still young it's a beautiful specimen tree for all kinds of gardens; and ideal for acreage and bushland gardens when full-grown. The vibrantly pink fluffy flowers appear straight out of the trunk and branches - this is called cauliflory - and are followed by masses of white berries. It's named after a 19th century Scottish botaniser and director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens; there's a finecoolamon specimen there to this day.

Flower image of similar S. malaccense: Forest & Kim Starr cropped to size.

Syzygium moorei- coolamon, durobby, watermelon tree, rose apple

APPEARANCE: Native subtropical rainforest tree from northern NSW and southern QLD. Big glossy dark green leaves all year; rough textured bark. Bright pink flowers rich in nectar, followed by large white bushtucker berries in autumn.
USE IN: Shade tree, feature tree, acreage tree. Try coppicing for a tall flowering hedge.
LOCATION:  Give it plenty of space for when it s full grown unless you intend to prune it regularly for privacy hedging. Prefers a well-drained, sheltered site and rich soil, in full sun to part shade.
CARE: Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks, and afterwards in dry spells. It should come through a light overnight frost - it grows in Melbourne Botanic Gardens - but protect it from extended periods of colder weather. Feed it with all-purpose fertiliser to encourage health and flowering.
HEIGHT & WIDTH:  20 m H x 10 m W eventually.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide

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