Lilly Pilly (Syzygium smithii), riparian rafted and colonising the eastern bank of Gardiner’s Creek. Although sold in Victoria since the early colonial period as an evergreen tree or hedge, its use has increased dramatically in recent decades as a native hedging material in developments subject to town planning scrutiny. However, Lilly Pilly is not indigenous to most areas of Victoria (outside of Gippsland and Wilson’s Prom), and it is now naturalising into the damp forests of the Dandenongs and Yarra Ranges. As the plant’s success on Gardiner’s Creek demonstrates, it is equally capable of establishing in degraded urban creeklines.
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