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.

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
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



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants