Phebalium squamulosum ssp. squamulosum

Forest Phebalium

Erect bushy shrub or small tree. Branchlets & new growth covered in rusty scales.

Additional information

  • FamilyRutaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size2-4 m x 1-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesDark green oblong leaves 15-25 mm x 2-9 mm, more scaly below.
  • Flower colourCreamy yellow
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersClusters of small flowers at ends of branchlets. Calyx and outside of petals covered in rusty to silvery scales.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dry well drained soils in moist forests. Frost tolerant. Semi shade, partial sun.
  • Garden useAn excellent garden plant. Very floriferous providing a bright spot in shade or areas receiving limited sun. Tolerates extended dry periods. Cut flower. The more commonly available form is smaller, to 1.5m high and has bright yellow flowers.
  • Commercially availableGenerally
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Common in the few areas that it occurs in within the Shire.
  • Related speciesHealesville form - light green, narrow elliptic leaves to 50 mm x 2-9 mm, scattered rusty scales below, tip blunt. The actual location of this form is uncertain. Photos 1, 5, 6
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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