Tristaniopsis ‘Luscious’ is an improved version of. T. laurina. It’s a useful tree for suburban backyards as a feature, shade tree or screening plant. It tends to have an oval or broad column shape when mature, making it ideal for situations where there is no space for a wide, overarching tree. Luscious is also tall enough to use for two-story screening. In most areas around Brisbane, Luscious can be expected to grow around 7-8m. Warmer locations or areas with exceptional soil fertility may see a larger plant, up to 10-12 metres.
Tristaniopsis ‘Luscious’ is also a neat tree, with minimal leaf drop and low maintenance requirements. It’s evergreen and doesn’t create much flower mess like alternatives such as Golden Penda or Jacaranda. It has a reasonably fast growth rate and performs well on a range of soil types, as long as they are well-drained. It can also tolerate light frost.
Tristaniopsis doesn’t have any major pest & disease issues. It may attract aphids on the new growth, and mealybugs during warm, humid conditions, but these are not a major issue. It is considered “highly resistant” to Myrtle rust.
Easy to grow. Once established, Tristaniopsis ‘Luscious’ will require very little maintenance. Pruning other than minor trimming is not required or recommended. Regular fertilizing with products such as Troforte and Organic Link will produce lush, neat growth. Keep an eye out for aphids on the new growth as these may diminish the appearance of the plant.