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Grevillea 'Long John'

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Family:
Proteaceae (The Protea Family)
Geographic Origin:
Australia
California Native?:
No
Plant Size:
8 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Winter and spring
Flower Color:
Rose red
Exposure:
Sun or light shade
Soils:
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Occasional to little watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 25-30 degrees F.
This is a nearly round though openly branched shrub, growing 10 feet or more tall and spreading 15 feet or more (not a candidate for the postage stamp yard!). It has dark, upsweeping stems and deep green leaves up to 8 inches long, each divided into several long, narrow lobes. In early spring it carries clusters of large, showy red and pink blossoms at every node. Often there is a scattering of flowers through summer and fall. This is a spectacular shrub, easily grown and hardy to the mid 20s degrees F. Sun, well drained soil (usually the poorer, the better), and occasional to no supplemental watering when established. Many grevilleas are sensitive to phosphorus; never use high-phosphate fertilizers and, in general, feed them sparingly if at all.