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Olearia macrodonta (New Zealand holly)

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1 hour care
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Time to maturity
10-20 years
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Botanical name: Olearia macrodonta

Other names: New Zealand holly, Daisy bush

Genus: Olearia

Species: O. macrodonta - O. macrodonta is an evergreen shrub with prickled, ovate leaves and a profusion of large panicles of daisy-like, white flowers in summer. Leaves are grey-green with white undersides.

Olearia macrodonta is: Evergreen

Flower: White in Summer

Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons

Fragrance: Flowers are fragrant.

Habit: Rounded

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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Pests: Generally pest-free.

Diseases: Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to

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Olearia macrodonta (New Zealand holly) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 4m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Coastal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation: Plant in fertile, free-draining soil in full sun; it thrives on shallow chalk. Provide shelter if necessary from cold winds. This is a vigorous grower and will tolerate hard pruning.

Soil type: Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

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