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Chamelaucium uncinatum (Geraldton Wax)

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Growing Banksias. Learn how to grow Banksia in your garden.

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. Tips for the gardener on how to cope with lots of rain.

Fertilisers. Learn all about fertilisers, the different varieties and their applications.

Garden Themes. This article describes various garden themes that should work well within Australia.

Plant description

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The profusion of long lasting waxy flowers on a spreading but dense shrub are the outstanding features of this iconic Australian plant. It is one of the world's great cut flowers and is used extensively as a backing flower in arrangements. It makes a wonderful feature shrub or screen plant in the garden and there are several different flower colours. Give it a light trim after flowering.

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Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: pink, white or purple
Flowering season: spring

Scent

The flowers have a honey-like perfume and the foliage has a eucalyptus type scent when crushed.

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 6 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: insects.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

Botrytis

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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