Griselinia littoralis is a quick-growing, evergreen shrub with fresh apple-green leaves. It is an excellent hedging plant that forms a neat and tidy hedge. It can also be used near the sea as Griselinia littoralis is tolerant of coastal exposure.
Griselinia littoralis is a quick-growing, evergreen shrub with fresh apple-green leaves. It is an excellent hedging plant that forms a neat and tidy hedge. It can also be used near the sea as Griselinia littoralis is tolerant of coastal exposure.Read more
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When can I plant Griselinia littoralis?
All our Griselinia are grown in pots so they can be planted at any time of year. If you plant between March and October, your plants will need to be watered until the end of October in the first year. Griselinia planted in the winter months (November to February) may not need watering in the first year as they will get their roots established over the winter months. However, it is still worth checking your plants once a week to make sure they are not too dry. Also, hedges watered over the summer will put on more growth.
What type of soil does a Griselinia hedge need?
Griselinia will grow in any free-draining soil (i.e. any soil that is not water-logged), it does not need any special soil.
How often would I need to trim/prune a Griselinia hedge?
As with all quick-growing, evergreen hedges, Griselinia needs to be trimmed once a year. Late spring/early summer is a good time to trim a Griselinia hedge although it can also be trimmed in late August or early September.
Why plant a Griselinia hedge?
- Neat and tidy habit of growth
- Tolerant of coastal sites
- Attractive apple-green leaves
- Easy to maintain
- Can be kept small
Where will Griselinia littoralis grow?
Griselinia plants are tolerant of coastal exposure and are an excellent choice for hedges near the sea although they also make a good hedge for inland areas. Griselinia littoralis prefers full sun but will also grow in partial shade. Griselinia will take temperatures of around -15 ⁰C. We have a Griselinia hedge at our nursery in Somerset.
How tall will Griselinia grow?
Griselinia can be kept at any height and can be used for a small hedge 1 metre (3ft) tall. If it is left untrimmed, it will grow up to 5-6m (15-18ft) tall.
How far apart should I plant Griselinia littoralis?
Plant Griselinia between 60 and 75cm (2’0”and 2’6”) apart. If you want to form a hedge quickly or want a low hedge (under 150cm or 5’), plant at 60cm (2’0”) apart, otherwise plant at 75cm (2’6”) apart.
How fast will Griselinia grow?
Griselinia littoralis has a growth rate of up to 50cm (20 inches) per year under good conditions, so it will soon form a dense hedge. If you want quicker growing hedging plants then consider Laurel or Leylandii.
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Botany and Origins of Griselinia
Griselinia is a member of the Cornus (Cornaceae) family. The Genus, Griselinia, has only 6 species of plants that are native to New Zealand, south east Brazil and Chile. Griselinia is now widely grown in parts of the UK that are not subjected to temperatures lower than −15°C.
Alternatives to Griselinia littoralis
Laurel and Leylandii are also quicker-growing than Griselinia, so will form a hedge slightly faster. Because they are faster-growing, they are also usually cheaper to buy.