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Grevillea spp.

Many of the Grevillea species on display originate from the more arid regions of Western Australia or South Australia, in sandy or gravelly soils. Therefore they do not thrive in the wetter climate and heavier soils at Mount Annan, and have been grafted onto other species to improve their chance of survival. Most of the grafted specimens here have been grafted onto Grevillea robusta (silky oak), a tree with a truly robust character.

If you look at the base of the plants, you will be able to see a line where the two species have been joined. The traditional ‘whip and tongue’ method of grafting has been commonly used, any leaves which sprout below the graft belong to the rootstock and should be pinched off.

Common namegrevilleas
Scientific nameGrevillea spp.
EtymologyGenus: After Charles Francis Greville, 1749 - 1809, co-founder of the Horticultural Society, London, now the Royal Horticultural Society.
DistributionPredominantly Australia, with a few species in New Caledonia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Native habitatFrom sea level to alpine and arid country depending on the species.
Flowering/fruitingThere's probably a grevillea flowering at any time of the year, but winter and spring are the peak seasons.
Location in gardenBed 14c in the Connections Garden and in the Banksia Garden.