Acmena smithii ‘Hot Flush’ – Lilly Pilly

A lovely easy care lilly pilly that grows to around 3 metres tall and a metre and a half wide. It has flushes of red new foliage and a dense habit. A perfect native hedge plant that responds well to pruning, also good for topiary and bonsai work. Give it extra water in dry periods and a couple of handfuls of slow release fertiliser in spring and it will reward you with good growth. Mulching well will cut down weeds and retain moisture. It is one of the lilly pilly varieties that do not get problems with leaf psyllids. It gets medium sized pink fruit in summer that birds love, and can be used for jam and sauces.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Acmena smithii
Cultivar:Hot Flush
Common Name:Lilly Pilly
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 3 metres
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Edible, Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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