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Olearia solandri
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coastal daisy bush

An evergreen shrub up to 2m high, with a dense habit and clusters of small, linear heather-like leaves. Shoots and the undersides of leaves are felted with fine, yellowish hairs. Small, daisy-like, very fragrant pale yellow flowers are produced in late summer and early autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Yellow Green
Autumn Yellow Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Asteraceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Olearia can be evergreen shrubs, small trees or herbaceous perennials, with simple, leathery, toothed or entire leaves and corymbs of daisy-like flower-heads

Name status

Correct

Plant range
New Zealand

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Thrives in chalky soils and handles coastal exposure well. In areas with hard winters, grow in a cool or temperate greenhouse, or in containers that can be moved indoors over winter

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8. Trim lightly to maintain a compact habit. Can tolerate hard pruning if necessary

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free but may be susceptible to honey fungus (rarely)

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