Grevillea robusta, commonly known as the Silk- or Silky-oak, or Australian Silver-oak, is the largest species in the genus Grevillea. It is a native of eastern coastal Australia. It is a fast growing evergreen tree, between 18-35 m tall with dark green delicately dented bipinnatifid leaves reminiscent of a fern frond. These leaves are generally 15-30 cm long with greyish white or rusty undersides. Its flowers are golden-orange bottlebrush-like blooms, between 8-15 cm long, in the spring, on a 2-3 cm long stem. The seeds mature in late winter to early spring, fruiting on dark brown leathery dehiscent follicles, about 2 cm long, with one or two flat, winged seeds.
Grevillea robusta is often used as stock for grafting difficult-to-grow grevilleas.
Care needs to be taken when planted near bushland as it can be weedy.
TREE SPECIES SCREENED ON NITOSOLS OF CENTRAL ETHIOPIA: BIOMASS PRODUCTION, NUTRIENT CONTENTS AND EFFECT ON SOIL NITROGEN
Jul 01, 2006; KINDU, M., GLATZEL, G., TADESSE, Y. & YOSEF, A. 2006. Tree species screened on Nitosols of Central Ethiopia: biomass production,...