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

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Plant description

westringia fruticosa grey box westringia

westringia fruticosa grey box coastal rosemary(1)

Westringia fruticosa 'Grey Box' is an evergreen small shrub with grey green dense foliage, and small white flowers in spring, summer and autumn. It is a very compact grey leafed Westringa ideal for small hedging. It is also good for container growing. The grey foliage will contrast nicely with other garden plants. This tough drought and frost tolerant Westringia looks great when pruned to shape or when left to grow naturally. It grows to around 40 cms high and wide if unpruned, but can be pruned to smaller size.

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: white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.4 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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