Westringia silver foliage close up and as a hedge

Westringia – A Great Native Alternative

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After Lilly Pillies, Westringia is probably the most common native used for hedging in Australia. Of those on our list of Not So Common hedge plants, Westringia and Pittosporum are the two most common. When allowed to grow naturally into a tight bun shape, Westringia looks fantastic as a low, curvy rather than square hedge. The grey-green foliage is a feature of this plant which continues to grow in popularity.

The blooms aren’t spectacular but aren’t to be sneezed at either. The worst problem you could have is gaps or, somewhat worse, a hedge that looks very bare because it’s been squared off rather than kept in the more circular bun shape.

Biggest Positives: Fast growing, Easy care, Low Maintenance, Silver Foliage.

Biggest Negatives: Best grown naturally as a rounded bun rather than squared off and rarely seen as a hedge above 1m.

 

NameWestringia FruticosaWynyabbie Gem, Jervis Gem
LeafNewSilver-Green
OldSilver-Green
SizeSmall
FlowerColourWhite, Mauve, Violet
SizeVery Small
FragrantNo
Time of YearSpring - Summer
AgeingUnseen
SizeHeight0.8-1.3m
Width0.8 - 1.5m
RateMedium - Fast

The more formal the hedge the more pruning required and the LESS flowers produced as, in general, flowers are produced on last year’s growth. Prune it off and there won’t be many flowers.

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