Grevillea 'Moonlight'

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Grevillea 'Moonlight'
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'Moonlight' in flower,
Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
Hybrid parentageGrevillea whiteana selected form
OriginSelected in Queensland

Grevillea 'Moonlight' is a widely cultivated and popular garden plant in Australian gardens and amenities.

It was a selected form of the Queensland species Grevillea whiteana, although this has been questioned because of the difference in appearance to the parent plant.[1] A hybrid between a white-flowered form of Grevillea banksii and the previous plant has been proposed.[citation needed]

It is an upright woody shrub which may reach 4 m (13 ft) high by 1.5 m (5 ft) wide. It has deeply divided dark green fern-like leaves that are approximately 20 cm (8 in) long. The inflorescences are creamy white racemes that are up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and may occur year-round.[1]

Highly regarded by celebrity gardener Don Burke among others,[2] it has been widely used in gardens and amenities plantings around Australia, where it thrives in a well-drained sunny position. It is tolerant of humidity and frost. As with all cultivars, propagation is by cuttings, though this can be difficult. Heavy pruning may be required to keep it from getting top-heavy as well as promoting a dense habit.[1][3]

It has also been used in the cut flower industry to some extent,[1] as well as proposed as a suitable plant for street plantings.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d Stewart, Angus (2001). Gardening on the Wild Side. Sydney: ABC Books. p. 104. ISBN 0-7333-0791-4.
  2. ^ Burke D (2008). "Fact Sheet - Don's Baker's Dozen: 13 Best Grevilleas". Burke's Backyard Website. CTC Productions. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  3. ^ Mclean R (2000). "Bits 'n' Pieces" (PDF). Grevillea Study Group newsletter (57): 5. ISSN 0725-8755. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
  4. ^ Nambucca Shire Council (4 April 2005). "Nambucca Shire Council - Street Tree Guidelines" (PDF). Nambucca Shire Council Website. Nambucca Shire Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-16.