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.

Note – be aware that fallen fruit can become a slip and trip hazard, so will need to be cleaned up regularly.

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