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Olearia ilicifolia - Hook.f.

Common Name
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Lowland to sub-alpine forest and scrub, southwards from latitude 38°s on North, South and Stewart Islands[44].
Range New Zealand.
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Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Olearia ilicifolia


Olearia ilicifolia

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Olearia ilicifolia is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower in June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Eurybia dentata linearifolia.

Plant Habitats

 Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Very resistant to maritime exposure and tolerant of severe pruning, this plant can be used as an effective windbreak hedge in exposed maritime areas. It is best if left untrimmed[29].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[182, 200]. Thrives in a chalky soil[182] but prefers a light loam or peaty soil[11]. Very tolerant of maritime exposure[11, 75]. This species is not very hardy outside the milder western and south-western maritime areas of Britain[1], tolerating temperatures down to about -15°c[200]. Closely related to O. macrodonta, but somewhat hardier, it succeeds outdoors at Wakehurst Place in Sussex[11]. The flowers have a strong musky perfume[245]. The plant flowers best in years following long hot summers[200]. Plants can be pruned right back into old wood in order to promote fresh growth[200]. Any pruning is best done in the spring[11]. The flowers are fragrant[188].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - surface sow in early spring in a greenhouse. Do not allow the compost to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. If growth has been sufficiently good, plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer of the following year, otherwise grow them on for another year in pots and plant them out the following early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in late August and overwinter in a cold frame then plant out in late spring or early summer[78]. Good percentage[11]. Cuttings of moderately ripe wood of the current years growth, 5 - 10cm with a heel, November in a frame. High percentage[78].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Olearia avicenniifoliaAkeakeShrub3.0 7-10  LMNM002
Olearia macrodonta Shrub6.0 7-10 MLMHNM003
Olearia paniculata Shrub6.0 8-11  LMHNM003
Olearia solandri Shrub4.0 8-11 SLMHNM003
Olearia traversii Shrub10.0 8-11 MLMHNM003
Olearia virgata Shrub3.5 6-9 FLMHNM003
Olearia x haastii Shrub2.5 7-10  LMHNM003

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Hook.f.

Botanical References

1144200

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