Shade Tolerant Grevillea: Grevillea oleoides

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There aren’t that many Grevilleas that grow well in shade, let alone also flower in positions with limited sun. Grevillea oleoides is one of them, along with Grevillea sericea,  sherissii and rhyolitica then you have a small group of faithfully. I love the shape of oleo ides the best though, it is un-usual how the flowers often form on the lower branches almost nestled inside the shrub, a little like a Hakea.



This makes it a wonderful Grevillea for small birds as the flowers are hidden from the larger parrots and probably not rich enough in nectar to attract anything bigger than a Rainbow lorrikeet.

P1120471It’s dense upright foliage also makes it a very useful screening plant as when pruned it will thicken up and can be trained to be quite narrow, above you can see how it branches from close to the ground giving coverage for a full 2 to 3 metres.
Grevillea oleoides is endemic to NSW especially from the Illawarra though to northern Sydney and it would be great to see this plant being used ornamentally more in native gardens. IT is found growing naturally in the moister areas sclerophyll forest, preferring creek margins and a heavier soil.




7 responses to “Shade Tolerant Grevillea: Grevillea oleoides”

  1. Carolyn Martin

    Where can I buy Grafted Grevillea

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Carolyn,

      That depends where you’re located. Can you tell me what state/region you’re in? You can get G. oleoides from Wildtech online native nursery ( but not as a grafted form.

      All the best,

  2. Where can I buy Grafted Grivelias In lake Mac area

  3. Coulinjo

    Can I get this in WA?

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Coulinjo,

      You could try Kuranga Native Nursery:


  4. Caroline Drury

    Im on the Gold Coast. Where can I find the Grevillia Oleoides?

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Caroline, Check your local native nurseries or Newcastle wildflower nursery may have stock they can post to you.

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