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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.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 1.5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, moist.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: General purpose fertiliser.