Xanthorrhoea johnsonii – Grass Tree

This iconic Australian plant occurs naturally from Queensland to north east NSW. Slow growing to around 5 metres tall, it has a tuft of long thin leaves, and in old specimens this grows atop a thick trunk. They love a well drained soil in full sun to lightly dappled shade. In heavier soil it is advisable to build up raised beds for better drainage. They flower from autumn to summer with dramatic tall spears of small white flowers which are nectar rich.

Family:Xanthorrhoeaceae
Scientific Name:Xanthorrhoea johnsonii
Common Name:Grass Tree
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.2 ~ 5 metres
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Cream, Black
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Column-shaped, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

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

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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