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Acmena smithii 'Sublime' (Lilly pilly)

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Plant description

acmena smithii sublime(1)

acmena smithii sublime

Acmena smithii 'Sublime' is a large shrub to small tree with a dense habit, glossy green foliage and lime coloured new growth. It has cream fluffy flowers followed by deep purple edible fruit, and birds love both. It is resistant to psyllid attack, and to myrtle rust. A perfect plant for hedges, topiary work, screening and garden features. A low maintenance good all rounder that grows in full sun to part shade, tolerates drought, cold and coastal conditions, and does well on a wide range of soil types.

Further reading: Australian Native Trees and Top Gum Trees for Gardens (articles written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 3 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, butterflies, insects.

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.

Pests

Scale, mealy bugs

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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