Grevillea robusta

Flowers of Grevillea robusta, May 2011.
Flowers of Grevillea robusta, May 2011.

Grevillea robusta

(Proteaceae) “Silky Oak.” “Golden Pine.”

Australia.

A majestic looking, fast growing tree reaching up to 30m in height. Divided, fern-like leaves, dark green above, silvery green underneath. It flowers after reaching 10 years of age, the flowers being small but held in upturned racemes which produce a very distinctive, spectacular effect in spring and early summer (seen here May 2011). The fruit is a brown,grey or black follicle containing one or two seeds, and the timber is used in carpentry. Grevillea is tolerant of drought, but it is frost tender.

Bark, Grevillea robusta.
Bark, Grevillea robusta.

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