Chris and Marie spent a couple of days in 1999 looking at gardens in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. They saw magnificent tall narrow screens and hedges of Lilly Pilly. The Lilly Pillys were closely clipped, very dense and covered in fine, bright red new growth, they looked very classy and provided absolute privacy. When Chris got back to Australia he started looking for varieties of Lilly Pilly that would be suitable for this type of hedging. The criteria was that it must be fast growing, clip well, have dense, dark green foliage and nice bronze/red new growth. It must also be resistant to Psyllid attack which causes little blisters on the newly formed leaves.
When Chris was visiting one of our best growers in QLD, a man named Griff, he had a field of just the right strain of Lilly Pilly. Chris asked Griff about his Lilly Pillys and in Griffs southern drawl he said “I call these my ‘neighbours be-gone trees’, you plant them in a row along the back fence, they grow really quick, very bushy, and in a flash, the neighbours be gone and you can run around in the nude and do whatever you want in your backyard. In fact they are so thick and bushy, you can’t even hear your neighbour’s dog barking through them!” “Really?” asked Chris and Griff replied “No, but it’s a great story.” Chris wrote this story on his website and it became one of the most popular stories on the web.
The problem was that Griff couldn’t supply enough Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees (Acmena Smithii). Chris and Marie’s Plant Farms have collected seed and grown over 100,000 Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees. We have started advertising the Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees on the radio using Griff’s funny story as our creative and on our first day of advertising the phones ran hot.
Produce a Perfect Fast Growing Hedge or Screen
Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees can grow two or more metres per year once established. Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees are a select form of Acmena smithii and are exclusive to Chris and Marie’s Plant Farms. Neighbours-Be-Gone Tree Acmena Smithii (Lilly Pilly) is a trademark that belongs to the Hello Hello group of companies. Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii have deep green, dense, fine foliage and copper red new growth and can grow two or more metres per year once established, and love to be clipped and shaped.
They grow in full sun through to light shade and withstand mild frost, wind, heat and drought. They thrive in almost any soil including heavy wet and occasionally waterlogged soils.
Plant your trees at a 1 metre spacing, keep free of grass and weeds around base and fertilise regularly and irrigate when dry.
Psyllids are the only pest that attack Lilly Pilly. Fortunately the Neighbours-Be-Gone Tree is a resistant strain. Psyllids cause little blisters on the newly formed leaves and the damage they cause is only cosmetic. Spray with folimat when attacks occur.
Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii in the Landscape
Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees can be used to create tall screens, large hedges and large topiary. They can be planted in pots or confined areas. Although they have the potential to grow into large trees, their size can be contained by regular clipping. The trunk and roots only grow to serve the needs of the crown of the tree, so the trunk and root system will remain small, while the tree is being kept small by regular trimming. Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees are a long living tree that don’t become woody or sick from long-term regular pruning. A well maintained Neighbours-Be-Gone Tree hedge or topiary can last for many decades.
Chris & Marie Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii in LA
Chris and Marie flew to LA recently for a well-earned holiday. Whilst they were holidaying in LA they couldn’t believe how many Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii that they saw. Chris and Marie observed that the people of LA are very creative with their Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees and they found Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii hedges, screens and topiary shapes used in almost every street of LA.
One particular hedge located just off Melrose Ave caught Chris and Marie’s eye. They decided that they must shoot some footage of this hedge and bring it home to Australia to create a Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii TV ad. George, a friend of Chris and Marie’s, who is involved in community projects with underprivileged youths, directed them to a Cameraman by the name of Dan who films documentaries for a living. They asked Dan if he would help them to shoot their Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees Acmena Smithii TV ad and Dan agreed. When Chris & Marie were driving around LA discussing and looking at which Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees to shoot for their TV ad Marie was concerned that Chris was going to be arrested. All of the homes in Beverly Hills are protected by security response and armed guards, you can imagine people’s surprise when Chris knocked on their doors asking them if they would mind if he could run around nude behind their Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees!!
Chris & Marie filmed the hedge of a lovely South African women who told Chris & Marie that she really loved her hedge because it gave her good privacy and she couldn’t understand why everyone in LA didn’t have one!
Whilst driving around LA Chris and Marie took several pictures with their digital camera of the Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees hedges, screens and topiary shapes so that they could show our customers the versatility of this beautiful tree. They observed that all the Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees screens were beautifully lush and green with bright new bronze growth developing and that the screens were thick and dense with foliage growing right down to the ground, making them a totally solid screen. Chris and Marie marveled at just how beautiful a screen the Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees can create.
Marie says that she is glad to be home as now she can rest. Chris & Marie love Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees so much that they spent most of their holidays filming and photographing The Neighbours-Be-Gone Trees.
Chris & Marie’s Specials
Fuschia Countess of Hopetoun 8″ Pot
White Creeping Thyme 3″ Pot
Gazania White 6″ Pot
Gazania Golden Yellow 6″ Pot
Knotted Club Rush 5″ Pot
Mop Top 6ft
Neighbours-Be-Gone Lilly Pilly 4ft
Lambs Meadow Fine White 4″ Pot
Iceberg Rose 3ft Standard
Standard Lilly Pilly 3ft
3ft Standard Ficus
English Box Tall 3″ Pot