Monterey Bay Brush Cherry
Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay'
|Description||A bold, lush appearance from a full-branching, richly colored, tall evergreen shrub. New growth remains reddish bronze over a long season. Creamy white brush-like flowers are followed by rose-purple fruit. Ideal for formal hedges and topiary, or planted in groups to create a dense, natural screen.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 3 inches of soil is dry.|
|Mature Size||Reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 8 to 10 ft. wide, in natural form.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||This shrub is almost always sheared into a formal shape but if allowed to grow natural it makes a huge, bushy barrier. Beware of the purple berries which attract birds and may stain paving. Makes a very rich-colored, high-density screening between neighbors or to disguise tall fences.|
|Companion Plants||Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); African Daisy (Osteospermum); Rose (Rosa); Creeping Fig (Ficus pumila)|
|Care||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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