name: "Australian Brush-Cherry"
Latin name: Eugenia myrtifolia
Growth habit: These tall and narrow plants are
usually as wide as their container. Most plants are groomed into
topiaries in 1,2 or 3 ball configurations. Bush forms are about
6" to 12" wider than their container. Large specimens
are available in heights of 6 to 8 feet.
Flowers: Yes, very beautiful. See inset image.
Temps: Normal indoor temps
Humidity: Not critical.
Pests: Watch for aphids on new
10" Eugenia 3 Ball Topiary
information: These formal plants look great placed on
either side of an entry way. Try elevating them for even more
appeal. They rarely bloom... but when they do you'll be rewarded
with an amazing flower that looks like a fiber optic lamp. The
flower will then turn into a red cherry that is not edible.
Eugenia's can't tolerate direct sunshine outdoors in our dry
climate. When using them outdoors place them in an area the gets
morning sun or late day sun only. Used indoors they can be placed
in direct sunshine as it is filtered through glass. In bright
light they can consume a lot of water. Learn the water needs of
your plant by watching the foliage. As it looses it glossy
appearance or begins to wilt... it's time to water. Feed monthly
thru the spring and summer... bi-monthly during the winter.
Eugenia's are usually found in larger pot sizes in either a bush
or cone form, and topiaries with either one, two or three ball
configurations. Propagation is difficult.