Grevillea baileyana – Brown Silky Oak

The beautiful, large, glossy foliage with a rusty tinge to the undersurface is complemented by sprays of honey-scented cream coloured flowers in summer. It is a medium to large tree that can grow well as far south as Melbourne and right up to north Queensland. Use it as a feature tree that can provide cut foliage and flowers for indoor use. It is virtually maintenance free, but be aware that the roots can be invasive, so do not plant near pipes or drainage fixtures.

Scientific Name:Grevillea baileyana
Common Name:Brown Silky Oak
Other Common Names:White Oak, Scrub Beefwood
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:5 ~ 10 metres
Width:3 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Street tree, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.