Oxylobium arborescens

Tall Oxylobium, Tall Shaggy Pea

Erect shrub with silky-hairy young growth.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-6 m x 1-3.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesPairs or rings of 3 dark green narrow elliptic leaves 2-7 cm x 5-10 mm, with network of veins, silky-hairy below. Tip softly pointed, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourYellow-orange with red markings
  • Flowering timeSeptember to January
  • FlowersShort terminal or axillary sprays of perfumed pea flowers.
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soil in mountain forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to dappled shade.
  • Garden useA good background plant with a showy display of perfumed flowers. Pruning beneficial after flowering. Can be pruned to a hedge.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from few local sites. Scattered but never common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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