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Acmena smithii 'Dusky' (Lilly Pilly)

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Plant description

Acmena smithii 'Dusky' is a tough lilly pilly with glossy green leaves with bronze new foliage growth. A great plant for hedges and screens, which is also good for topiary work. It reponds brilliantly to pruning. A very tough plant that will grow on a wide range of soil types. Bears edible berries following the fluffy white flowers, birds and insects love the nectar rich flowers and fruit. If using for hedges, prepare the soil well first by deep digging and removing all the weeds, and adding as much organic matter as possible. Once planted, mulch well to keep weed growth down and to keep the soil moist.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 2 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: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist.

Sand: dry, wet, moist.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.0

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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