Hebe 'Hinerua' caught the eye of GPP judges over the course of a three-year hebe evaluation at North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Oregon. It stood out because of its rounded, compact habit and its striking foliage. Individual leaves are golden, olive-green, they are small, scale-like, and pressed against the twigs of this shrub, creating an interesting architectural effect. Use 'Hinerua' as a single specimen or in small groups for an exotic, "New Zealand look." It mixes well with Mediterranean plants and dwarf conifers. The olive-green tones glow against compannions with purple foliage and create contrast with leaves of gray or silver leaves. It rarely flowers, but when it does, the blooms look like small white puffs scattered on the tips of the branches. This naturally occurring hebe hybrid was found by Graham Hutchins in 1985 on the Hinerua Ridge in the Ruahine Range of mountains, North Island, New Zealand.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: gold, purple, black
Great Color Partners: blue, silver, dark green
Culture NotesPlant this cold hardy hebe in well-drained or sandy soil with full sun. Once established it needs only occasional watering during dry weather. It requires little pruning to maintain its compact shape. Hebes are not long lived plants but should remain attractive in the garden for ten to fifteen years. Replace older plants once they begin to deteriorate.
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Plant Type: upright shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 3 ft. 0 in. (0.91 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9
Flower Color: white
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: occasional watering