Planting A Eugenia Hedge: Tips On Eugenia Hedge Care

Brazilian cherry tree grumichama or Eugenia braziliensis.
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By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer

Growing up to 4 foot per year, Eugenia can be a quick and easy hedge solution. This broadleaf evergreen shrub, sometimes called brush cherry, is native to Asia but grows well in U.S. hardiness zones 10-11. Continue reading to learn about growing Eugenia shrubs for a privacy hedge, as well as Eugenia hedge care.

Eugenia Shrubs for Privacy Hedge

Eugenia will thrive in sun to part shade but growth can be stunted in too much shade. Eugenia shrubs can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but do not like wet feet, so well-draining soil is important.


Eugenia hedge spacing depends on the kind of hedge you want.

For a dense hedge to block out wind, noise or nosy neighbors, plant the shrubs 3-5 feet apart.
For an open, informal Eugenia hedge, plant Eugenia shrubs further apart.

Eugenia shrubs spaced 10 feet apart can still provide some privacy and will have a more open, airy and welcoming feel than a solid wall of Eugenia.

Eugenia Hedge Care

A Eugenia garden hedge is very fast growing. Left alone, Eugenia can grow up to 20 feet tall, but as hedges, they are usually kept trimmed to only 5- to 10-feet tall. Because of its dense growing habit, Eugenia can easily be trimmed into formal hedges.

While benefiting you as a quick growing privacy hedge, its fruits also benefit hungry birds. To keep your Eugenia garden hedge growing and fruiting optimally, give it 10-10-10 fertilizer in the spring.

If leaves curl up, water your Eugenia hedge deeply, as this is the shrub’s way of telling you that it’s thirsty.

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