Rondeletia and Arachnothryx species, hybrids and cultivars
Rondeletia is a genus of shrubs that isn't seen as often in Queensland gardens as they perhaps could be.
Rondeletia amoena is probably the most common, particularly in older gardens. It's pretty but tough.
There are other species in this genus which may also be useful. R. odorata and R. leucophylla (now classified as Arachnothryx leucophylla) may sometimes been seen for sale in garden centres.
Look for Rondeletia and Arachnothryx leucophylla in regular garden centres. As rather old-fashioned shrubs, you might have to hunt around if you want to buy them. Alternatively, try propagating from cuttings if you can obtain them from someone already growing these shrubs.
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Rondeletia in the Landscape
These pictures are intended to help you identify these plants and give you an idea of their grwth habit, size and suitable positions in the gardens.
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Previously classified as Rondeletia leucophylla.
Possible mispellings: Rhondaletia, Rhondeletia, rondaletia