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Grevillea Varieties in Australia: Complete Guide

Embrace the beauty of Australia’s native flora by exploring these incredible grevillea varieties.

Grevilleas are one of my absolute favourite Australian native plants. They are easy to care for and many will produce brightly coloured flowers for most of the year.

Plus, they attract birds to your garden as well as pollinators such as bees.

Here’s a rundown of the different grevillea varieties that you can grow.

Grevillea australis

Grevillea australis | Native plants
Grevillea australis / Photo by 阿橋 HQ / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

This is the only species that grows naturally in Tasmania. It can also be found in parts of Victoria and New South Wales. It’s quite variable in its growth habit and can reach a height of 2.5 metres.

The plant produces lovely white flowers and these occur in clusters along the stems.

Flowering happens in winter and spring. This species is particularly suited to colder climates and will flower better in cooler regions. 

There’s also a prostrate cultivar (Grevillea australis ‘Prostrate’) that forms a nice dense ground cover.

Grevillea bipinnatifida

Grevillea bipinnatifida | Native plants
Grevillea bipinnatifida

This Grevillea has unusual holly-shaped leaves that are dark green with light green margins. These leaves have spines on the pointy edges.

The flowers are a gorgeous dark red in colour and this shrub can reach a height of 1 metre.

Grevillea crithmifolia

Grevillea crithmifolia | Native plants
Grevillea crithmifolia / Photo by Consultaplantas / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

This species has a dense growth habit and can form a nice low mound. It will also spread nicely and has tiny white flowers that will cover the plant in spring and winter. 

It only grows to a height of 0.5 metres but will spread to a width of 3 metres. This makes it perfect for growing as a ground cover.

Grevillea ‘Elegance’

Grevillea ‘Elegance | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Elegance’

This cultivar is perfect if you want to make a bold statement in your garden. It grows into a large shrub that can reach a height and width of around 3 metres.

The unique spidery flowers grow in vibrant shades of pink and will appear for most of the year.

Grevillea excelsior

Grevillea excelsior | Native plants
Grevillea excelsior / Photo by Hughesdarren / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Although we generally think of Grevilleas as shrubs and ground covers, this species will actually grow into a small tree. It can reach a height of 6 metres with a spread of 3 metres.

The large toothbrush flowers are orange in colour and can reach a length of 20 cm. This species is native to Western Australia and prefers sandy soil.

Grevillea ‘Honeybird Yellow’

If you’re looking for a low-growing shrub with large yellow flowers, then this cultivar might be for you.

It only grows to a height and width of 1 metre and will add some stunning colour to your garden.

Grevillea ‘Honeygem’

Grevillea ‘Honeygem | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Honeygem’

This is an older cultivar but is still really popular with Australian gardeners. It has dark green, heavily divided foliage and stunning deep yellow to orange flowers. 

This one is a fast grower and can reach a height of 4 metres with a spread of 3 metres. The flowers can appear for most of the year.

Grevillea intricata

Grevillea intricata | Native plants
Grevillea intricata / Photo by Melburnian / Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0

If you’ve built your garden around a white colour scheme, you’ll be delighted to learn that this grevillea species has very pretty white flowers. This is a small spreading shrub.

It will grow to a height of 2 metres but will spread to a width of around 4 metres.

Grevillea juniperina

Grevillea juniperina | Native plants
Grevillea juniperina

This popular species of Grevillea is ideal for screening as it has prickly foliage. It provides a great shelter for small birds.

Some forms of this natural species are quite low-growing while others can reach a height of 4 metres.

The lovely spider flowers range in colour from yellow to pink and red. The flowers on this Grevillea appear over winter and spring.

This species of Grevillea can also be grown as a hedge because it responds really well to regular pruning.

Grevillea ‘Lana Maree’

This cultivar has delicate green foliage and masses of bright pink flowers. It’s a medium-sized shrub and is also suitable for growing in large pots.

Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’

Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’

You’ll love the multi-coloured flowers on this cultivar in shades of pastel pink and yellow.

This medium-sized shrub grows to a height of 2 metres and the leaves will display a tinge of bronze in winter.

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’ / Photo by Akos Kokai / Wikimedia / CC BY 2.0

This is one of my all-time favourite Australian native ground covers and one I’ve grown in sloping gardens. It has large toothed leaves that are dark green but coppery red on new growth.

This cultivar will spread quickly to reach an area of up to 6 metres. It’s absolutely perfect for stabilising banks or just growing as a ground cover over a large area.

To top it off, this cultivar has bright red flowers in winter and late spring.

Grevillea semperflorens

Grevillea semperflorens | Native plants
Grevillea semperflorens

This species grevillea has lovely graceful weeping branches and pretty apricot spider flowers.

The plant can reach a height of 2 metres and is ideal for planting along a border or even growing as a hedge.

Grevillea ‘Superb’

Grevillea ‘Superb | Native plants
Grevillea ‘Superb’

For the perfect screening plant, consider growing this cultivar. It has prickly foliage which is ideal for deterring unwanted visitors to certain parts of your garden.

This cultivar grows quickly into a nice shrub. The large flowers are quite stunning in varying colours of pink and orange.

FAQ

What is the hardiest grevillea?

Most grevillea species and cultivars are relatively hardy. But some of the hardiest varieties include Grevillea australis, Grevillea australis ‘Prostrate’ and Grevillea juniperina. These are ideal for colder climates too.

What are the fastest growing grevilleas?

Many grevilleas are considered fast-growing. Some of the fastest growers include Grevillea ‘Royal Mantle’, Grevillea ‘Superb’, Grevillea excelsior, Grevillea ‘Elegance’ and Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’.

Which grevillea flowers all year?

In general, many species and cultivars of Grevilleas will display their flowers for long periods during the year. One of the longest-flowering cultivars is Grevillea ‘Elegance’.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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2 thoughts on “Grevillea Varieties in Australia: Complete Guide”

  1. Hi need a low native shrub 1 to 2 metres maximum fir along a driveway where thers water run of from an adjoining property separated by a wooden fence the ground slopes half a metre to a stone pathway it slopes and can be wet in winter and hot in summer. Only want to prune once a year ideally and no ladder prunning. Would gravilia prostrate or which gravilia juniper.do you think these could work it gets wind frost .any hardy mall shrub natives welcome to suggestions. Thanks

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    • Hi Jacky

      I would imagine that as the planting area slopes, it should drain reasonably well. I think Grevillea ‘Prostrate’ should be able to handle those conditions you mention. However, it can only handle light frost. Another species of grevillea that springs to mind for a sloping site is Grevillea ‘Royal Mantle’. This is spreading groundcover and very useful for slopes.

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