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Monterey Bay Brush Cherry

Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay'

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Monterey Bay Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay') at Green Thumb Nursery

Monterey Bay Brush Cherry

Monterey Bay Brush Cherry

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Monterey Bay Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay') at Green Thumb Nursery

Monterey Bay Brush Cherry foliage

Monterey Bay Brush Cherry foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  syn. Syzygium paniculatum

Brand:  Monrovia


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 glossy green; attractive pom-pom like white flowers in spring or summer

Ornamental Features

Monterey Bay 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 evergreen foliage 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

Monterey Bay 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.

Monterey Bay Brush Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Monterey Bay 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 may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. 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.

Monterey Bay 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. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. 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.

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