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Plants for coastal or exposed sites List   Records 1 - 20 of 126

ACACIA melanoxylon - Australian Blackwood
A fast, attractive shelterbelt; also grown for coppice firewood (7 yrs) and high quality timber (30 - 35yrs). Works well with eucalypts in mixed shelterbelt. Tolerates wide range of sites from wet to dry, but will be slower in extremes than on well-drained loams where growth of 5m in 2.5 years is possible. Avoid very exposed positions. Spacing: shelter, 1.5m; firewood, 2 x 2m; timber, 3 x 3m with nurse-crop (such as eucalyptus) in alternate rows.
Evergreen - 10m x 6m

ACAENA inermis Purpurea - Purple Bidibid
A rapidly growing, bright purple/pink ground cover with attractive ferny foliage creating a mat effect. Easy care and will hold its colour year-round in full sun or semi shade. Wind resistant but slightly frost tender; prefers well-drained soils.
Evergreen - 2cmh x 30cmw

ACER pseudoplatanus Purpureum - Purple Sycamore Maple
Large tree with spreading habit, needing plenty of space. Fast-growing and hardy to cold and wind, including salt wind. Tolerates wet, dry and exposed sites. Large green maple-shaped leaves are purple underneath and turn to bronze and orange in autumn. Yellowish flowers in spring. Ideal shade tree.
Deciduous - 6m x 4m

ANEMANTHELE lessoniana - Gossamer Grass, Sand Wand Grass
A beautiful native grass, forming vigorous but graceful clumps which wave in the wind. Feathery flower heads appear in spring. Grows in sun or shade; leaves are green in the shade, but golden brown in the sun. Needs free draining soil, and tolerates very dry sites. Great mass planted.
Evergreen - 80cm x 80cm

ARTHROPODIUM cirratum Matapouri Bay - Reinga Lily
Forms a small, flax-like clump with broad, blue-hued leaves, topped in summer by masses of starry white flowers on long stems. Ideal mass planted on shady banks, in borders, rock gardens and under trees. Prefers shade, but will grow in full sun. Frost tender, tolerant of coastal conditions. NB: Leaves often eaten by slugs or snails when young.
Evergreen - 70cm x 70cm

ASTELIA banksii - Wharawhara
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with curving silvery-green leaves and panicles of fragrant, pale green flowers on 50cm stems. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit which become magenta-purple when mature. Tolerant of dry soils and coastal extremes; does best in a location which avoids the hottest midday sun.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

ASTELIA chathamica - Chatham Is. Astelia
An attractive tufted, flax-like plant, found naturally on the forest-floor or perched in trees. Silvery-green leaves make a dramatic contrast in mixed plantings, especially with purple or red foliaged plants. Small bird-attracting fruit follows inconspicuous flowers. Will grow in full sun, but prefers part or full shade; coastal hardy and needs well drained soils.
Evergreen - 1.3m x 1.3m

ASTELIA nervosa Westland
A New Zealand native flax-like plant with rusty reddish foliage and panicles of flowers appearing in summer. On female plants, the flowers produce greenish-white fruit, which become magenta-purple when mature. Likes open free draining soil, good air movement and partial shade.
Evergreen - 60cm x 60cm

BLECHNUM novae-zelandiae - Kiokio
A small growing, vigorous native ground fern with ladder fronds. Doesn't mind a sunny position but avoid full midday sun. Also tolerates coastal conditions. Prefers moist soils and performs best when mulched.
Evergreen - 75cm x 75cm

BUXUS sempervirens - English Box
Slow-growing dense low hedge, excellent for clipping or topiary. Very hardy and tolerant of most soils except wet. Takes coastal wind, and grows in sun or shade. Fertilise regularly to maintain lush greenness. Spacing for hedging: 15cm (6 inches) is ideal if you want your plants to join up quickly.
Evergreen - 1m x 60cm

CALLISTEMON John Mashlan - Pink Bottlebrush
Tough but pretty shrub, with masses of candyfloss pink flowers in spring and autumn. Birds love the flowers, especially tui. A very fast screen or filler; can be used as a formal clipped hedge (50cm to 70cm spacing), or as a low shelter (1m spacing). Tolerant of drought, wind and damp soils. Flowers better in full sun, and a light trim after flowering helps keep plant bushy.
Evergreen - 2m x 2m

CALLISTEMON Kings Park Special - Red Bottlebrush
Tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific bright-red flowers spring and early summer attract birds (especially tuis) and give a colourful display. Clipping occasionally will help maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge. Flowers best in full sun.
Evergreen - 3m x 3m

CALLISTEMON Little John - Dwarf Bottlebrush
Compact grower with masses of short, deep-red flower brushes through spring and early summer, with occasional blooms almost year round; flowers better in full sun. Makes an attractive low edging and is a great addition to rockeries or mixed plantings in low-maintenance gardens. Tolerant of drought, coastal winds and dry to slightly damp soils. Trim lightly after flowering to keep plant bushy.
Evergreen - 1m x 1m

CALLISTEMON Mauve - Mauve Bottlebrush
A tough, wind-hardy, coastal-hardy, fast-growing shrub for moist to dry conditions. Excellent for banks, borders and screens. Prolific mauve-pink flowers through summer attract the birds and give a colourful display. Occasional clipping helps maintain bushiness, while more frequent clipping will produce a good hedge.
Evergreen - 2.5m x 2m

CALLISTEMON salignus - Willow Bottlebrush, Pink Tips
Tall shrub with graceful weeping form, white papery bark, distinctive coppery-pink new shoots and creamy yellow flowers in summer. Birds love the nectar. A good hardy clipped hedge, shelter or screen. Very fast. Also makes a good shade tree. Tolerant of drought, wind, coastal conditions and damp soils. Pruning helps keep plant bushy
Evergreen - 5m x 4m

CAMELLIA sasanqua Early Pearly
A vigorous camellia with good upright form and masses of pure white, very formal rose-form medium sized flowers, early autumn. Flowers do not bruise brown. Very hardy and easy to grow. Trims well as a hedge, but also makes a lovely specimen, border plant, informal screen or bank cover. Tolerates wind, full sun and heavy shade. Needs good drainage.
Evergreen - 2m x 1m

CAMELLIA sasanqua Jennifer Susan
A striking camellia with mid pink, medium sized, semi double flowers in autumn/early winter. Trims well as a hedge and is great as a specimen, border plant, informal screen or bank cover. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. Tolerates wind, full sun and sites which are shaded for most of the day. Needs good drainage.
Evergreen - 2m x 1.5m

CAMELLIA sasanqua Paradise Little Liane PVR
A vigorous, early blooming camellia producing masses of small, white, peony formed flowers for a long period from early autumn. Very hardy and easy to grow. Trims well as a hedge, but has also makes a lovely specimen, border plant, informal screen or bank cover. Tolerates wind, full sun to part shade, and needs good drainage.
Evergreen - 1.5m x 1m

CAMELLIA sasanqua Plantation Pink
A pretty camellia with masses of large, single, mid pink flowers, in autumn/early winter. Trims well as a hedge and is great as a specimen, border plant, informal screen or bank cover. Extremely hardy and easy to grow. Tolerates wind, full sun and sites which are shaded for most of the day. Needs good drainage.
Evergreen - 2.5m x 2m

CAREX comans Bronze
A graceful, arching, soft bronze (almost pinkish) native tussock, with long drooping seed heads. Very hardy; grows in full sun or part shade, and tolerates dry to damp conditions and frost. Cut back hard if it becomes untidy, or 'groom' to remove old foliage and flower heads. Great for mass plantings, especially when used with blue-grey grasses and plants with silver leaves, or red/bronze flaxes.
Evergreen - 40cm x 50cm

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