Grevillea baileyana, commonly known as white oak, is native to the rainforests of north-east Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
This stunning tree has large, glossy leaves with a rusty tinge to the undersurface making a stunning contrast. It is complemented by sprays of honey-scented cream coloured flowers in spring / summer.
It can grow well as far south as Melbourne and into north Queensland. It is long-lived in cultivation and usually grows no higher than 8 to 10 metres
Use it as a feature tree that can provide cut foliage and flowers for indoor use. Wood turners love the white / pink grain.
Growing your Grevillea baileyana
The Grevillea baileyana prefers a compost-rich, acidic soil with good drainage. It really likes sandy loam but will do well in any free draining soil that has been improved.
It is virtually maintenance free :) But please note that it does grow strong roots, so do not plant near pipes or drainage fixtures.
Common names include:
Scrub beefwood, White oak, Brown silky oak, Findlay's Silky,White Bailey's Silky Oak; Findlay's Silky Oak
Plants Available: 50-60cm tall established and ready for the ground
Photo Courtesy of: By Tatiana Gerus from Brisbane, Australia [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons