My obsession with Breynia ‘Ironstone’

Technically this is Breynia cernua ‘Ironstone Range’ and I absolutely adore it, these images are taken in a friends garden, he is a very talented “master” gardener and treats his Breynia ‘Ironstone’ mean….and it loves him for it 😉

I have written about Breynia ‘Ironstone’ before and have been patiently waiting to photograph a fine specimen like this to sing its praise once more. I am a bit taken with this native shrub for two main reasons the first is its obviously striking foliage and interesting habit.

I love the way it is weeping but the branches are held gracefully horizontal, it really doesn’t look like any other native Australian shrub.

The second reason I encourage every second person to plant it, is its highly contrasting colours, when mixed in with lime greens it makes a fantastic feature shrub.

So apparently the secret to keeping Breynia ‘Ironstone’ looking this lovely is to cut it back hard once a year, and by hard I mean almost down to the ground.

The leaves are quite thin and are prone to looking a little ratty after dry or windy periods, so cutting it back encourages fresh, red new growth. Plant it in part shade in a sheltered position and keep up the water in the drier months and you will be rewarded with a soft, delicate feature shrub to add contrast and interest in your native garden. In the image below you can see a large spun copper dish, cool and enticing for the birds in the Breynia’s shade 😉

One thought on “My obsession with Breynia ‘Ironstone’

  1. Bronwynne on

    It sure looks nice. But can it become invasive? Do birds eat and spread the berries? Is it in the euphorbia family ?

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