Name: Honey Gem (Croses between a Grevillea banksii and the Grevillea pteridifolia)
Description: The Honey Gem is a large yellow flowering hybrid that originally came from Queensland and it is a large, free-flowering hybrid. Many of these trees/bushes are a tall growing, dense tree with plenty of yellow to golden orange flowers. It is a very long lasting tree/bush and characterised by a tall habit, ferny leaves and large amount of flowers that will usually appear to for about six months of the year.
The flowers attract honey-eating birds like king parrots, lorikeet and rosellas. They also attract a large amount of bees, so if you are allergic to bee stings you will need to take care.
Grevillea Honey Gem can be used for the following things:
• To attract wildlife.
• Low water climates with harsh conditions.
• Floral arrangements
Size: It grows to about 5 metres in height by 4 metres wide and has an open habit. The large, golden-yellow racemes of flowers are around 15cm in length.
Conditions: It is a very vigorous Grevilla and it is a very reliable plant. It will suit many gardens that have that native look and feel about it. This plant is suitable for reasonably cold temperatures and sub tropical climates, but does not like being grown in clay type soils.
It is a very quick growing tree/shrub that can be cut back severely. Usually a bit more than a third will do the trick to generate plenty of new thick growth, especially when it becomes woody and untidy. A sunny, well drained position is preferable in the garden and plants are tolerant of at least moderate frost. This particular plant does not require a lot of watering and can usually survive extended dry periods.
One of the best times to prune your grevilleas is at the beginning of spring, because they are starting to show new and this will produce healthy new shoots.
Propagation: The Grevillea Honey Gem does not produce a viable seed to grow from. The tree/shrub is done fairly easily by using a cutting.
When to plant: The best time to plant the Grevillea Honey Gem is just at the very beginning of spring as the new shoots are starting to show on the plant.