Lemon Swirl® Australian Brush Cherry

Eugenia myrtifolia 'Variegata'

New foliage emerges a bronze-red, then matures to deep green with an irregular, soft yellow margin. The lovely variegation adds wonderful color and contrast to landscapes. Dense evergreen foliage is ideal for a hedge or screen, or shaped as topiary for a formal appearance. Rose-purple fruit provides color and can be eaten fresh or used for jam.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationyew-JEEN-ia mer-tif-FOL-ee-a var-ee-GAY-tuh
Average Size at MaturitySlow to moderate growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasThis bushy tree makes the ideal screen or hedge plant due to its tolerance for shearing. A perfect side or backyard privacy screen to block off RVs drying yards, utility areas and undesirable land uses. Great plant for hiding swimming pool safety fencing, particularly chain link. Use as an evergreen background plant for more high profile tropicals or perennials or back of a shrub border. Plant around patios and prune for enclosure and light filtered shade at maturity. Makes a good warm climate topiary specimen.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage
Growth HabitColumnar, Pyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Topiary, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Showy Fruit, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsCrape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila); African Daisy (Osteospermum); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Rose (Rosa)

Prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soils, rich in organic matter. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune only as needed to maintain desired shape; as a topiary, prune regularly to maintain form.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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