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Acmena smithii 'Cherry Surprise' (Lilly Pilly)

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Plant description

acmena smithii lilly pilly cherry surprise 1

acmena smithii lilly pilly cherry surprise 2

Acmena 'Cherry Surprise' is a beautiful and very hardy small leaf lilly pilly, a great native shrub which is perfect for low hedging and screening as well as for topiary and bonsai work. It has bright red new growth which contrasts nicely with the dark green older foliage. It withstands frosts and drought and is psyllid resistant so doesn't get the pimply leaves that some lilly pillies can be prone to. It is low branching and naturally compact, and responds well to pruning. Mulch well after planting and water when dry until the plant is established. Throw a handful of fertiliser on each spring and summer.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.0-7.5

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose fertiliser.

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