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Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:05 pm
by Carnival44
Hi,

I love G. Moonlight but am thinking it might grow too big for my garden. There seems to be so much conflicting info on how big Moonlight can actually grow. I wanted to train as a single trunk tree with a nice spreading canopy. Something nice to sit under in the summertime and also to block the neighbours along the back fence. They have a swimming pool too so I am trying to plant something that won't cause too many problems for them.

Are there particular Grevilleas more suited for this purpose? Up to 3 meters ht (4mt at the max) x 2.5 - 4 mt wide would be okay.
I live in Armadale, Perth WA

Any ideas would be welcome...with a preference for plants that attract wildlife. Thanks :)

Re: Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:32 am
by Pam
If the central leader of moonlight is pinched or pruned out at the height you want it to branch it will probably remain around the height you're after.

Re: Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:34 am
by Carnival44
Thanks Pam,

I will definitely keep that in mind. I have decided to try experimenting with a Calliandra Haematocephala. Although they are better suited to a tropical climate, I love the look of them and have ordered some seeds online. There is a nursery here in Perth that sells another form of Calliandra but it is too small for my purpose. If this doesn't work then I will train Moonlight as you suggested.

Grevillea Moonlight is very hard to come by at the moment. None of the nurseries are able to get supplies. Apparently the weather has been too wet and the suppliers say they are not ready to be sent to nurseries yet. From all reports, it might be another few weeks.

How is Bundaberg these days? I lived in Hervey Bay for a couple of years and loved it :D

Re: Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:55 am
by Pam
Carnival44 wrote:
How is Bundaberg these days? I lived in Hervey Bay for a couple of years and loved it :D


Dry, probably perfect weather for propagating moonlight. :lol:

I went to school for a couple of years at Armadale too. lol

Re: Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:05 pm
by Carnival44
Sorry for late reply Pam.....all work and no play these days :)

Yes it would be the perfect weather and the nurseries here still haven't received their Moonlights in.

Armadale ....well it just goes to show what a small world we actually live in. I only moved to Perth in 1989. I grew up in Mansfield, Victoria. I really miss the countryside ....and good soil lol
Darn sand and rock hard red clay does my head in over here :D

Re: Smaller Alternative to Grevillea Moonlight?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:20 am
by Schuey
Try a Grevillea Ivory whip. I live in Camillo in Armadale and found one on the 8/01/14 at Bunnings up at the end of Lake road/ Armadale Rd..

I specifically bought it as a smaller version of Moonlight. Give that a try.