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Westringia fruticosa 'Aussie Box' (Coastal rosemary, Westringia)

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Plant description

westringia fruticosa aussie box westringia

westringia fruticosa aussie box coastal rosemary(1)

Westringia fruticosa 'Aussie Box' is an evergreen shrub with grey green dense foliage and mauve flowers in spring and summer. It is a tough, native alternative to the exotic box plants, English box or Japanese box. Aussie Box was selected for its tight, compact growth habit and ability to grow and be clipped as a small compact hedge. If it is left unclipped Aussie Box will naturally form a neat ball shaped plant. It grows to around 60 cms high and wide if left untrimmed. Ideal for low formal and informal hedges, as well as topiary.

Westringia fruticosa is an easy care plant, and is also a very tidy plant. Pests and disease problems are rare, and it does well in a wide range of soil types. It is an excellent plant for coastal positions, as it resists salt spray.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: mauve
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Insects, bees.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-7.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.

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