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.


11 responses to “The Greatest Geebung: Persoonia pinifolia”

  1. eamon hamilton

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

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Eamon,

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



  2. mansoon

    hi can this grow in hot tropics

    1. Kath Gadd

      Sadly probably not, the humidity would kill them 🙁

      Best Wishes,


  3. Kylie Burke

    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

    1. Kath Gadd

      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,


  4. Annette Blaze

    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.

  5. Tom

    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!

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Tom,

      Sydney Wildflower Nursery usually have stock:
      Try contacting them and best of luck,


  6. Janice Smyth

    My Persoonia Pinifolia is not looking healthy and showing signs of a fungus. Its’ flowers and pine needles have blackened which l have removed and it’s now looking like a skeleton of its former self. It has happened almost overnight after looking flourishing one week or so ago. It is 10+ years old and has had very little pruning.
    I’m at a loss now on how to treat it say with a Fungicide Spray with Phosphite or giving it a heavy prune! I can send you photos if you could please provide me with your email address.

    I would very much appreciate your advice in relation to thus matter.

    You are very welcome to contact me on my mobile 0439566592.

    Many thanks.

    Jan Smyth

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Jan, can you send photos to our email

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