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Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry

Eugenia myrtifolia 'Variegata'

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Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Variegata') at Bachman's Landscaping

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry foliage

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Variegata') at Bachman's Landscaping

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8

Other Names:  syn. Syzygium paniculatum

Brand:  Monrovia

Description:

This variety is usually maintained as a column, bush, or multi-trunked tree; a popular bonsai or topiary selection; beautiful foliage emerges bronze-red and slowly matures to deep green with an irregular pale yellow margin

Ornamental Features

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry features showy clusters of white ball-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive dark green foliage edged in lemon yellow with hints of chartreuse which emerges red in spring. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features an abundance of magnificent fuchsia berries in late summer. The rough gray bark and red branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry is a multi-stemmed evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Lemon Swirl® Variegated Brush Cherry is a fine choice for the yard, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features