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Grevilleas

Grevillea species and cultivars

Family: Proteaceae



Grevilleas are one of the most popular groups of Australian natives, but you don't have to have a "native" garden to appreciate their beauty and usefullness in the garden.

Many of the modern cultivars can hold their own with exotic garden plants for beauty, and can beat most in terms of drought-resistance, too. They are even being developed for cut flowers. Considering their popularity, we might expect Grevillea breeding to continue to improve characteristics even more in the future.

Grevilleas can be used for: (depending on which varieties are chosen and how they are pruned)
Flowers
Screening, windbreak or informal hedge
Shade
Groundcover
Wildlife
Low-water regimes and generally harsh conditions

There's such huge range to chose from, from trees to prostrate groundcovers, and with new varieties coming onto the market all the time, it can get a little confusing. If you're a breeder who has a new (or old) grevillea cultivar to promote commercially, please get in touch about appearing on this page.

Remember, grevilleas are members of the Proteaceae, so exercise caution with fertilisers containing phosphorous. Best to play safe with a formulation recommended for Australian natives. Nevertheless, don't over-feed.

Do prune them. Like most garden shrubs, appropriate pruning encourages attractive compact growth and flowers down where you can see them.

Grevilleas have the added advantage of attracting wildlife, particularly birds. The nectar in the flowers is a big drawcard, but the bushes can be habitat, too.

Grevillea robusta or Silky Oak, is a tall rainforest tree which is too big for suburban gardens but it has been employed as a rootstock for many other Grevillea species. It's vigour and adaptation to tropical conditions have expanded the range of Grevilleas than can be grown in gardens, particularly in humid coastal conditions.

Links

General

The Grevillea Page Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP). A good starting point for anyone wanting to learn about Grevilleas
Grevillea Study Group Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
The genus Grevillea The Australian Plants Society - Tasmania Inc.
Grevilleas for Central Coast Gardens Australian Plants Society, Central Coast Group, NSW
Grevilleas for Sydney The Australian Plants Society - NSW Region
A View from Yallaroo (Northern Tablelands, NSW) Information and pictures of many grevillea species
Grevilleas for Cultivation Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea Descriptions Descriptions and pictures of a variety of commercially-available Grevilleas from Australis Plants, Qld
Grevilleas as Plant Allergens Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants


Some common species and cultivars

Grevillea 'Honey Gem'

Grevillea "Honey Gem" Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Grevillea 'Honey Gem' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Honey Gem Grevillea (Grevillea 'Honey Gem') Western Power, West Australia

Grevillea 'Misty Pink'

Grevillea "Misty Pink" Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Grevillea 'Misty Pink' Australia National Botanic Gardens

Grevillea 'Moonlight'

Quality Specifications for Grevillea 'Moonlight' Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation

Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle'

Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle' Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle' Australia National Botanic Gardens

Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak)

Grevillea robusta Silky oak. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Grevillea robusta Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Govt
Grevillea robusta Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Grevillea robusta Factsheet, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Grevillea robusta University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Provenance Collections of Grevillea robusta (Silky Oak) Forest Genetic Resources, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'

Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon' Australia National Botanic Gardens
'Robyn Gordon' Myall Park Botanic Garden
Grevillea "Robyn Gordon" and Similar Cultivars Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Grevillea cv. 'Robyn Gordon' James Cook University, Qld

Grevillea 'Sandra Gordon'

Grevillea 'Sandra Gordon' Australia National Botanic Gardens
'Sandra Gordon' Myall Park Botanic Garden

Grevillea 'Superb'

Grevillea 'Superb' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea Superb "A View from Yallaroo", NSW

Grevillea 'Orange Marmalade'

Grevillea 'Orange Marmalade' Australia National Botanic Gardens


Some other species and cultivars

This is an attempt to collect information on grevilleas from all over the internet. This is not a complete list! More links will be added over time. Note that some species below may be unsuitable for Queensland or only suitable if grafted.
Grevillea agrifolia (Blue grevillea) Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals
Grevillea alpina Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea australis - Southern or Alpine Grevillea Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea baileyana (Bailey's Grevillea) James Cook University, Qld
Spectacular Foliage from the Tropical North (Grevillea baileyana) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Red Silky Oak (Grevillea banksii) Western Power, West Australia
Hervey Bay's Floral Emblem Grevillea banksii (Red Silky Oak) Hervey Bay City Council
Grevillea banksii University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Rediscovery of Grevillea batrachioides Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea baueri Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea beadleana Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Developing Australian Plants for Commercial Horticulture (Discussion of cultivars 'Bedspread' and 'Ember Glow') Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Grevillea biternata Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney
'Bon Accord' Australian Cultivar Registration Authority
Grevillea 'Coconut Ice' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea confertifolia Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea dimorpha Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea diminuta Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea dryandri in: Tropical Topics Newsletter, No. 71 Dec 2001. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld Govt (PDF)
Grevillea dryandroides Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea eriostachya (Honey Grevillea) Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals
Grevillea 'Evelyn's Coronet' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea gaudichaudi Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture
Grevillea glauca in: Tropical Topics Newsletter, No. 71 Dec 2001. Environmental Protection Agency, Qld Govt (PDF)
Grevillea 'Golden Lyre' Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea 'Golden Lyre' in "Green Thumbs & Rooted Cuttings" newsletter, Australian Institute of Horticulture NSW, May 2009
What's in a name? Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc. The orign of 'Golden Yul-lo' and some others
Grevillea helmsiae Helms' silky oak. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Grevillea iaspicula Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea iaspicula Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea jephcottii Australian National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea lavandulacea The Australian Plants Society - SA Region Inc.
Grevillea 'Little Thicket' Australian National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea longifolia Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea longistyla Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea macleayana Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea mollis Australia National Botanic Gardens
Olive Grevillea (Grevillea olivacea) Western Power, West Australia
Silver Oak Grevillea parallela (includes information about the timber) Trees & Turnings
Grevillea pteridifolia Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australian Govt
Grevillea pteridifolia Species Bank, Department of the Environment and Water Resources
Plants of the Kakadu region Department of the Environment and Heritage, Australia [Grevillea pteridifolia)
Grevillea refracta (Silverleaf Grevillea) Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals
Grevillea refracta The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Grevillea rhyolitica Australia National Botanic Gardens
Rediscovering Grevillea rosmarinifolia Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea scortechinii Southern Downs Regional Council, Qld
Grevillea 'Starflame' Australia National Botanic Gardens
Grevillea wickhamii, Holly Grevillea The Florez Nursery blog, NSW
Grevillea wickhamii (Wickam's Grevillea) Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals
Grevillea williamsonii; Clinging to Survival Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea willisii Australia National Botanic Gardens


Cultivation

Growing Grevilleas (General growing advice and some recommended varieties for SEQld) Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Inc.
Principles of Pruning Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Pruning Grevilleas Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Australian Native Plants A Pruning Fact Sheet The Australian Plants Society - NSW Region
Using Fertilisers in the Native Garden Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus and Iron Nutrition in Australian Native Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus Needs of Some Australian Plants Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Phosphorus toxicity in native and proteaceous plants Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
Grevillea: Breeding and Development of Cut Flowers Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation


Propagation, grafting

Growing Grevillea from Seed Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Growing Grevillea from Seed Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Review of the Promotive Effects of Smoke on Seed Dormancy (Mostly discusses Grevillia) Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grafting Grevillea caleyi Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants
Grevillea crithmifolia Rooting Database, University of California, Davis
Grevillea X gaudichaudi Rooting Database, University of California, Davis
Grevillea laurifolia Rooting Database, University of California, Davis
Grevillea X Red Glow Rooting Database, University of California, Davis


Other biology and ecology

Grevilleas for Auckland Auckland Botanic Gardens
A Short History of the Cultivation of Grevillea in England Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants


Possible misspellings: Grevellias, Grevellia, Grevilia, Grevilias, Greveelias, Greveelia, Grevelia, Grevelias

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