Grevillea species, are native to Australia, New Guinea and also New Caledonia. Most Grevilleas found for sale in your local nursery are from Australia and are bred in Australia.
Grevillea are a useful garden plant providing a show of flowers in late winter. The spider like flowers of Grevillea longistyla is the plant pictured right
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ in well known for its long flowering period. Grafted Grevillea are now appearing on the market. The latest addition are weeping standards, a really attractive alternative.
Grevilleas are a varied group and are one of Australia’s’ favourite plants, easy to grow, sun loving and drought tolerant
Grevillea Plant Profile
Long flowering, easy care, low water requirements and bird attracting, Gevilleas are are also great bird attracting plants as well as making good informal hedges. Grevillea Robyn Gordon is one of the better know cultivars along with Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’, ‘Bronze rambler’ and ‘Moonlight’.
Specialist Grevillea Nurseries and Australian Native plant nurseries can also supply grafted and weeping grevillea plants. Some species are longer flowering than others and length of flowering will depend on the climate. The warmer the winter the longer the flowering period.
Best Long Flowering Grevillea Varieties.
Best Grevilleas for Tropical and Sub Tropical areas
Many species do not grow well in humid condition, however some do. These include :
- Grevillea aurea is a species suited to tropical also known as the Deaf Adder Gorge grevillea (Kakadu National Park}
- Grevillea baileyana.
- Grevillea banksii.
- Grevillea heliosperma.
- Grevillea hookeriana.
- Grevillea iaspicula.
- Grevillea juniperina.
Grevillea Species – Different Forms
Grevillea come in many forms, from low growing ground cover types to large trees.
- Prostrate forms such as Grevillea lanigera ‘Prostrate Form’, Grevillea thelemanniana ‘Prostrate form’ and Grevillea obtusifolia ‘Prostrate form’.
- Bushy Shrubs – The most common garden form that will reach from 2 – 5 metres
- Trees of 8m and more such as Grevillea barklyana and Grevillea robusta or Silky-oak which will grow to almost 30m.
A number of varieties are well suited for use as hedges, these include:
- Grevillea rosmarinifolia.
- Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
- Grevillea olivaceae
- Grevillea pinaster
- Grevillea `Flora Mason’ (Grevillea olivacea x preissii)
Grafted Grevilleas such as the Grevillea treueriana that is pictured top right, are increasingly popular due to improved disease resistance and improved forms, Richard Tomkin of Changers Green Nursery is a leader in this field.
Some species such as Grevillea lanigera Mt Tamboritha, Grevillea laurifolia, Grevillea plurijuga, and Grevillea tenuiloba are excellent ground cover plants.
Weeping Grevilleas are also now available, these are created by grafting prostrate forms onto upright rootstock. Grevillea ‘Honey Gem, Grevillea ‘Ivanhoe’ and Grevillea hookeriana are all excellent screening plants. Grevilleas need a well drained soil and resent being moved.
Growing conditions and care
Grevillea are a evergreen hardy native plant, many are bird attracting due to the nectar in the flowers. All species are are reasonably drought tolerant once established.
They grow well in a sunny position, a well drained soil. Some deep watering 3-4 times a year will help promote flower growth.
The spider like flowers appear from late winter through spring, the prickly foliage of provides protection and a safe nesting place for native birds.
Grevillea species and varieties
Popular Grevillea species include
- Grevillea lanigera
- Grevillea robusta
- Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’
- Grevillea victoriae
- Grevillea banksii.
- The famous ‘Grevillea Robyn Gordon’.
- Grevillea intricata is a cream flowering species with a dense spreading habit and attractive foliage.
- Grevillea “Honey Gem” is a long flowering hybrid that may be pruned heavily if required.
- Grevillea Ellendale
- Grevillea Fasciculata
- Grevillea Firesprite
- Grevillea Tanunda
- Grevillea Winpara Gem
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Grevilleas are available for sale online from the following growers and nurseries
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