Persoonia pinifolia – Geebung

An attractive large shrub with mid green pine like foliage, native to the sandstone region of the Sydney basin. It has large spikes of bright yellow flowers in mid summer to autumn, followed by round fleshy fruit which are edible for birds and mammals. A great plant to use as an Australian Christmas tree, for screening and informal hedging. Likes a sunny to partly shaded position in a well drained acid soil. Can be difficult to propagate.


Scientific Name:Persoonia pinifolia
Common Name:Geebung
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 5 metres
Width:1 ~ 4 metre
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen
Special Uses:Edible, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Seed eating birds, Mammals






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.