If you are looking for a small size Lilly Pilly for a hedge, then Acmena smithii Minor could be the answer.
This has been a favourite for many years and is sold under a few names. Glossy deep green foliage, new growth a nice bronze and attractive purple berries all add up to a great plant.
This is a native plant, best suited to smaller hedges from 1 metre to 3 metres in height. It can be used for informal hedges, or pruned to a more formal shape and even used for topiary and standards (ball on a stick).
What makes it so easy to prune is the smaller leaves, hence one of the common names Small Leafed Lilly Pilly.
It is fast growing as wells easy to prune so it is excellent for new landscaping projects.
If used as a hedge we suggest planting distance for Acmena smithii var. Minor should be at 100cm apart.
We suggest planting tube stock, as this is a cheaper way to quickly establish a hedge.
Prune regularly from a young age
When planting follow these steps:
- Measure and mark spacings if planting as a hedge
- Weed the area around the planting hole.
- Dig the soil over to twice the width of the pot.
- Add some well rotted compost.
- Plant at the same depth as the in the pot.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Mulch lightly around the plant.
- Fertilise each spring with a native plant fertiliser.
- Water through the first summer as needed.
- Botanical Name – Acmena smithii var. Minor
- Common Names – Dwarf Lilly Pilly, Small leafed Lilly Pilly.
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained.
- Height – Around 3 metres, easily pruned to 1 or 2 metres.
- Spread – To around 1.5 metres.
- Growth Rate – Medium to Fast depending on soil and climate. Around .5metre to .75 metre a year.
- Flowers – Small white flowers in spring.
- Fruit – Purple berries in autumn
- Foliage – Deep green and small leafed.
Acmena smithii var. Minor is available for sale online from the following suppliers
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