Are you looking for something different? Royal grevillea is definitely a conversation piece in the garden. This large, broadleaf evergreen shrub produces unusual pendant clusters of beak-like red-orange buds that hang on the plant from fall through winter. In late winter through early summer the clusters open revealing red-orange honeysuckle-like blooms. Sporadic flowers can appear almost year round and are very attractive to hummingbirds. Native to southeast Australia this is the hardiest member of the grevilleas. It is fast growing and young plants will grow up to one foot per year. Once established it is remarkably drought tolerant. Ornamental grasses look great with its green dusted-gray foliage. The dusky purple leaves of Rosa glauca or the spiny bold foliage and fragrant yellow flowers of Mahonia x media 'Charity' would create an interesting textural play.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: black, gold
Great Color Partners: blue, orange, silver
Culture NotesRoyal grevillea is best in well drained or sandy soils in a location with full sun. Avoid fertilizing as excessive nutrients can kill these plants. Very little pruning is needed to keep it looking great, but light tip pruning while the plant is young can help keep it dense and bushy. Provide ample room for this shrub to fully develop. Occasional pruning can keep a fuller look, but is generally unnecessary.
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Plant Type: shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10
Flower Color: orange
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established