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.

Scientific Name:Acmena smithii
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
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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