Eugenia Naples

Eugenia is a broad leaf evergreen shrub or small tree native to Asia, is a warm-climate lover!

Also called brush cherry, it has become a favorite species in its preferred climate for gardeners who like to keep attractive, neatly trimmed evergreen hedges.

Plant Space: Eugenia plants 3 to 5 feet apart to encourage their branches to mingle together and form a solid hedge. A partially sunny site is ideal. Eugenia is not picky about soil type, but it should not sit in standing water. Improve soggy locations with one-third peat moss or compost to facilitate drainage.

Water: Your Eugenia hedge during extreme drought. The leaves will start to curl when drought stressed. Water at ground level with several gallons of water for deep penetration.

Fertilize: Each Eugenia plant in spring, summer and fall with 1/2 cup organic, balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10. Gently scratch the granules into the mulch or top layer of soil above the root zone with gloved fingers or a handheld, 3-prong cultivator.

Maintain: A 1- to 2-inch layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark, throughout the year to conserve water and protect the roots from sun damage.

Trim: Eugenia up to six times a year with hedge clippers to maintain its size and tight, manicured appearance. Eugenia grows 12 to 20 feet tall if left alone, but you can prune it as low as 5 feet.