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PlantFiles: Brush Cherry
Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay'

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eugenia (yoo-JEE-nee-uh) (Info)
Species: myrtifolia (mir-tih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Monterey Bay

Synonym:Syzygium paniculatum

4 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bluedragonbonsa On Apr 10, 2013, bluedragonbonsa from East Hemet, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have two brush cherry plants that I have just turned into bonsai. They are 18-20 years old. They were in my front yard for years. This winter they got alot of frost burn , I cut them back and then just removed them from my yard. I put them in large containers and did a shape on them. I will post pictures of them soon. They are growing fine now and will make very good bonsai . The trunks are 4-5 in. round and they stand two ft. tall. I live in Hemet ca. 92544 zip.

Positive ccluna On Feb 3, 2012, ccluna from Riverside, CA wrote:

I planted 7 Brush Cherry's at my brother's home in Moreno Valley CA in very granitic soil. They were in 5 gallons and against a block wall getting the afternoon sun. They are thriving during the 5 years since their original planting as a row hedge. He pruned the bottom so that just the trunk was showing. He did not water it regularly.

I purchased 2- (5) gallon plants this week and planted them in Riverside CA in clay, wet soil against a block wall that will give off radiant heat. I purchased them from Louie's nursery in Riverside Ca. They are ordering 3 more for me.

Positive CanyonJim On Apr 24, 2010, CanyonJim from Trabuco Canyon, CA wrote:

Green Thunb Nursery, El Toro, CA has Monterey Bay

Neutral King_Slav On Jan 26, 2010, King_Slav from Los Angeles, CA wrote:

I see this plant growing successfully as a narrow hedge around my neighborhood and would like to plant a hedge myself, but can't seem to find it at any local nurseries or big box retailers. Does anyone know where this can be purchased in the Los Angeles area?

Positive ggia On Jan 4, 2010, ggia from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

Has been planted in heavy, wet, clay soil in Bakersfield 93312 since March 2009 and is thriving.

Positive kcarneal On Mar 19, 2007, kcarneal from Del Mar, CA wrote:

This fast-growing, dense shrub is an excellent choice to provide privacy or screen an unfavorable view. Birds love to nest in it. Until recently, the Eugenia psyllid caused leaf distortion particularly along the coastal regions of California; but with the introduction of a systemic that is squirted into two holes drilled in the trunk (it's easier than it sounds), the psyllid is eradicated and any nests are left undisturbed by pesticides.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California
Burbank, California
Carlsbad, California
Coto De Caza, California
Del Mar, California
East Palo Alto, California
Garden Grove, California
Hemet, California
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Mission Viejo, California
Moreno Valley, California
Norwalk, California
Riverside, California
Rosedale, California
San Leandro, California
Tustin, California
Visalia, California
Dunnellon, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Oviedo, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

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