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Red Head™

Acmena smithii 'BWNRED' PBR

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Red Head™ is a Psyllid free Acmena with changing foliage colours
    Red Head™ Acmena is an attractive large shrub/small tree with glossy rounded, deep green foliage. New growth flushes red to deep claret then changes to chocolate before hardening off the dark green. The dense foliage can be pruned down to 1.5m high and is fire retardant. Clusters of small white flowers are followed by bright purple edible berries.

    As well as boasting good looks, Red Head is one of the hardiest Australian native Lilly Pillies, being highly borer and psyllid resistant, wind and cold tolerant to -5 degrees
  • Flush of brilliant red new autumn growth
  • Psyllid free Acmena
  • Ideal for pleaching
  • Plant Attributes

    • Height Range: 5m to 10m
    • Position: Full Sun, Semi Shade
    • Growth Habit: Tree
    • Plant Use(s): Hedging/Screening
    • Suitable Climate Zone(s):
      • Subtropical
      • Arid
      • Temperate
      • Cool

    How to use

    Ideal for specimen planting, hedging and screening.

    General Precautions


    Red Head is ideal for pleaching. Pleaching is a technique that may be used to train trees into a raised hedge, a gap is pruned from the ground often so you can walk under it.

    With a flush of brilliant red new autumn growth maturing to glossy dark green, Acmena Red Head is perfect for pleaching to achieve a most elegant, formal look, or for a standard formal hedge. It is a compact small tree suitable for civic plantings and urban backyards.

    Care Instructions

    Trim as required. Water as required for 8-13 weeks until established. Plant in a well mulched garden (chunky mulch is recommended). If required use slow release fertiliser in spring. For a tidy hedge prune yearly, for a natural shape prune every 2-3 years or not at all.

    How it works

    QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, WA & ACT (if protected from frosts).

    Full sun to part shade. Tolerates cold and drought. Red Head™ Acmena suits well drained to heavy clay soils.