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Acmena smithii 'Red Head' (Lilly pilly)

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Plant description

acmena smithii red head(1)

acmena smithii red head

Acmena smithii 'Red Head' is a dense large shrub with glossy deep green foliage and bright red new growth. The foliage is fire retardant and psyllid resistant. It bears white flowers followed by bright purple edible berries. It grows to 6 metres high and 2 metres wide, and is myrtle rust resistant. It likes full sun to part shade, and does well on well drained to clay soils. A great plant for hedging, topiary and screening.

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: not specified

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 2 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Pests

Scale

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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