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Australian Bush Cherry
As you may guess by the common name, this excellent little tree is native to Australia. It has many other common names my bonsai friends in Oz call it a Lilly-Pilly. So if you want to see bonsai examples, google Lilly Pilly bonsai. Growers “down under” report that this is a tree that takes very well to training and develops very quickly into a bonsai.
Lilly-Pillys have foliage that is bronze in color when young, changing to glossy green as it matures. It will produce both white flowers in the spring and small red berries in the summer months.
Left unpruned they will grow straight and become quite tree-like. However, they take well to aggressive pruning. They need to be trimmed regularly as they grow quite fast and can become out of shape. Because of this fast growth, one must use caution when wiring as the wire may bite into the wood. When pruning leave a small stump as the branch will die back to next pair, snip off in a week or so.
These can take the heat but they are very thirsty so don’t place in full sun. Morning sun is perfect. Really only have one major pest, psyllid Trioza eugeniae which can be controlled with a parasitic wasp.
May be kept indoor or outdoor:
Indoor- Bright location either natural light or supplemented with grow lighting.
Outdoor- Full sun (except in hottest months) to partial shade can take the heat of a Las Vegas summer and is hardy down to about 25F. Provide shelter once into the 30’s.
Soil- Well-draining, high-quality bonsai soil. Not extremely particular but does best when does not stay wet.
Pruning- Prune anytime (summer is best) but leave a stub on branches as will die back to next pair, the stub can be snipped off later. Will bud back and sprout from the base.
Shaping- Can be trained in any style. If wired, must be wired when young as older branches become quite brittle. Clip and grow may be most successful.
Repotting- Repot in Spring when night time temps are safely over 40F.
Fertilizer- Feed a balanced fertilizer, perhaps slightly higher ‘P’ and ‘K’ values will yield better flowering and fruiting results.
ATTENTION! You will need to provide appropriate shelter when temperatures fall below 30F.