Lilly Pilly For Windbreak

Question From: 
Deb in  Port Campbell,  Port Campbell VIC


Nature of problem: 
wanting to plant a windbreak in our soon to be established garden and was wondering if lilly pillys were suitable. If not can you suggest an alternative please


Type of Plant (if known): 
lilly pilly


Symptoms of Plant Illness (please try NOT to diagnose your problems yourself): 
none as yet


Soil Type (e.g. sandy, clay or loam) OR Potting Mix Type: 


How often do you water the plant:
dont know yet


How many hours of sunlight does the plant get each day:
most of the day


What type of plant is it:
lilly pilly


How long since you planted it:
hasnt been planted yet


Have you fertilised? If so, with what and when:
native fertilizers as required


Is the plant indoors or outdoors: 


What other treatments have you given the plant: 
nothing as yet

Upload photo if available: 

Other Comments: 
wanting to plank a wind break of lilly pillys and wondered if they are suitable for a coastal garden to create a wind break and hopefully create a mirco climate in out garden.


Answer: Hi Deb,  I am not sure that Lilly Pillies are the answer. They are rainforest trees that would not like dry salty winds. It is very hard for me to guess what your exact situation is, so I suggest that you walk around the block looking for trees that are doing what you want and also that look good to you. If you can’t identify them, pop in (tell them how lovely their garden is) & ask them what they are. If all else fails, take some pieces of the plant to the local nursery. Local knowledge is always best.  Don