Xanthorrhoea preissii – Grass Tree

The grass tree is an iconic Australian plant, slow growing, long lived and will give character to the landscape. It has a tuft of grassy leaves atop a dark thick trunk, with cream flowers borne on a tall spear-like spike. Native to Western Australia, it will grow on a variety of soils, but needs to be well drained. If the soil is on the clay side, it will need to be formed into a raised bed to help prevent root rot. Best in full sun. Water regularly while the plant is establishing, but don’t overwater. Will flower only every few years. Tolerates some frost, and dry periods. Best in warm temperate to Mediterranean climates.

Family:Xanthorrhoeaceae
Scientific Name:Xanthorrhoea preissii
Common Name:Grass Tree
Other Common Names:Balga
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub, Grass or grass-like
Height:4 ~ 7 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:White, Cream
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, 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

 

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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