Correa reflexa var. reflexa

Common Correa, Native Fuchsia

Open, upright to spreading shrub.

Additional information

  • FamilyRutaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-2 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesDull green, sparsely hairy, broadly ovate leaves 3-6 cm x 10-35 mm.
  • Flower colourLight green, rarely red with cream tips
  • Flowering timeMarch to September
  • FlowersLong tubular flowers hanging singly between 2 clasping leaves. (Red flowering plants are generally found outside the Shire but occur as isolated plants within the Shire, eg Montrose).
  • Bird attractingNectar
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in drier forests. Frost tolerant. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive garden plant. The local forms need pruning to maintain a bushy shape and will be more open in shaded positions. Popular with nectar-seeking birds. Many forms are available commercially but hybridisation will occur with local populations.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries. Plants in general nurseries rarely local.
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Related speciesCorrea reflexa var. lobata is similar but occurs in moister mountain forests. Differs in that plants may be more erect, flowers do not always have clasping leaves & calyx has long triangular lobes. Correa reflexa x glabra occurs in several sites in the Shire but these may be hybrids with garden populations of Correa glabra (which does not occur naturally in the Shire).
Photographer/s: 1 Yarra Ranges Council Photo Library; 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

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  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 25 Long-leaf Box Grassy Dry Forest - Southern Dandenongs (EVC 22)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 26 Red Stringybark Grassy Dry Forest - Middle Yarra (EVC 22)
  • 18 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest - Dandenongs (EVC 45)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
  • 19 Long-leaf Box Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 46 Silvertop Ash Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
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