Eugenia

Eugenia

Eugenia is a genus of ornamental fruit bearing trees and shrubs that have an upright, compact habit of growth with dense dark green foliage, small white, fluffy flowers, bearing clusters of cherry sized succulent fruits. Plants within this group generally range from 2m-15m in height and are indigenous to the humid tropical regions. Australia’s only native Eugenia is the Beach Cherry, also known as the Cedar Bay Cherry, which is commonly found along beach fronts, rocky headlands and littoral rainforests, ranging from the Daintree region of Far North Queensland inhabiting the coastline southwards through to Bundaberg.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    Grows well in many soil types but prefers well drained soils especially those that are sandy or loam.

    Will grow in either full sun or plenty of shade. However, shrubs that are planted in full sun tend to grow more densely and will bear much heavily with fruit.

    Hardy to a variety of situations, from short dry periods, coastal wind exposure and salt laden breezes to being relatively cold tolerant as long as frosts are light. Young plants should be protected from frosts until properly established.

    Crop quality will deteriorate if adequate water is not available during fruit development.

    During the growing season, the soil must be kept moist but not wet, particularly if plants are positioned in an area that receives hot afternoon sun.

    Higher yields are produced when left unpruned. Many growers have also experienced good fruits when close clipped to form dense, compact hedges.

    Makes an attractive free standing feature specimen in the garden, or if several planted together, is ideal as an informal, lightly clipped hedge.

    Attracts birds so netting is a must when fruiting.

    Plants should be spaced 4-5m apart within rows.

  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Young Trees (<3yrs)

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 1½-2 cups(300-400g)

    Commercial Use: 300-500g

    Comments: An application every six months, in early spring and early autumn, proves well for young plants.

     

    Stage: 4+ Years        

    Product: Dinofert Organic Fertiliser, Dinofert Standard Pellets

    Gardener Use: 3¾-4½ (750-900g)

    Commercial Use: Up to 1kg

    Comments: Mature plants in the Eugenia family tend to do relatively well without fertilising. However, a good feeding will promote higher quality fruiting. Apply annually in the spring.

     

    Note: As a general rule, Australian natives do not require a great deal of fertilising, however it will help expediate growth and fruit development. The Beach Cherry (Cedar Bay Cherry) being the only native Eugenia member, may require lower amounts, such as half of the suggested application rates above.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.