Eugenia myrtifolia/Brush Cherry

Eugenia myrtifolia / Eugenia myrtifolia
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Small leaves

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Scientific Name: Eugenia myrtifolia
Common Name: Brush Cherry
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 8-10 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This is an excellent shrub for the warm parts of the country where freezes do not occur. It is a popular selection for topiary and bonsai work because of the glossy green leaves that are formed in pairs. It can take full sunlight, but probably is better suited for some protection from the direct sun during the hottest part of the day. Reported to take pruning well because it is a vigorous grower. Pests include aphids, scale insects, fruit fly, and mealy bugs. Psyllids are said to be a problem in California.