A tough lilly pilly with bronze new foliage growth. Great for hedges and screens, Dusky is a very tough plant. Will perform best in a good organic soil with regular water through dry periods. Fertilise in spring with a good all purpose plant food. Mulch well to deter weed growth and to conserve soil moisture. Bears edible berries following the fluffy cream flowers which can be used for jam making.
|Scientific Name:||Acmena smithii|
|Common Name:||Lilly Pilly|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||3 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||1.5 ~ 2 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Planting Season:||All year|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Other insects|
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