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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.
Flower colour: cream
Flowering season: summer
Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, butterflies, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Scale, mealy bugs
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.