The Greatest Geebung: Persoonia pinifolia

Geebungs are a wonderful Genus of native plant, they below in the Proteaceae family like Banksias and possess a variety of flowers, leaves and habits. In fact I have already written about Persoonia pinifolia a couple of years ago, see here.  However since then I have seen them growing outside of their native locality of Sydney Sandstone and wanted to share the news.

 Persoonia pinifolia is frost tolerant! Hooray! these images were taken in Cranbourne Botanic garden in Victoria and I have also seen it growing out in western NSW where the frost can be harsh.

This Persoonia is the pine leaved geebung with its soft narrow leaves and large yellow spike flowers it puts on a wonderful show in the Summer months.

It grows into a dense shrub – that birds can take refuge in – around 3 metres high x 3 metres wide and enjoys a protected position in part shade and away from strong winds.

Persoonia pinifolia will benefit from a light prune after flowering and will always grow best in a very well drained soil.
It will attract nectar feeding birds to your garden and looks great planted with contrasting larger leaved shrubs with an upright habit to show off its limey green new growth.

9 replies on “The Greatest Geebung: Persoonia pinifolia”

  1. eamon hamilton on

    Hi,are these Persoonia Pinifolia suitable for pots for a small balcony as a standard screening plant. ?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Eamon,

      It would depend how exposed the position was, they like part shade and a sheltered spot away from harsh winds.



    • Kath Gadd on

      Sadly probably not, the humidity would kill them 🙁

      Best Wishes,


  2. Kylie Burke on

    Hi Mallee Design, I am growing some persoonias from tube stock. They were doing ok, but in tje last 2/3 weeks have begin to yellow in places and not look so vibrant. Could you give me some suggestions ? They are planted in semi-sun/part shade in the Hawkesbury river area. Well
    Drained soil on a slope. Many thanks

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Kylie,

      Persoonia sometimes yellow from too much water if it is not that it could be lack of Iron, many of the Proteacea species will suffer from Iron deficiency and giving them some Iron Chelates quickly rectifies the yellow leaves.
      Without seeing the plants in person these are my best guesses 😉
      Good Luck,


  3. Annette Blaze on

    My Geebung is in a tall pot and drapes over the edges beautifully. it gets shade from a hot sun in Melbourne in the afternoon . it has just flowered but now half the plant has suddenly gone brown. How can I stop it from dying? It is my favourite plant.

  4. Tom on

    Hi Kath, might you know where I can source Persoonia pinifolia tubestock in Sydney area? I’ve tried to grow from seed, to no avail!

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