Rounded, open to dense large shrub or small tree with grey ribbony bark, branchlets covered in dense silvery hairs.
- StoreyMiddle storey
- Size3-10 m x 2-6 m
- Plant groupingTrees 3-25 m
- LeavesLarge, shiny dark green elliptic leaves, white to silvery below, 3-12 cm x 2-7 cm. Network of veins on upper surface, margins finely toothed.
- Flower colourWhite
- Flowering timeSeptember to February
- FlowersLarge terminal bunches of small daisy flowerheads.
- Bird attractingNo
- Butterfly attractingNo
- Frog habitatNo
- Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in sheltered gullies and moist to wet forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to full shade.
- Garden useScreen or windbreak plant under established trees in moist areas. Silver and green foliage is attractive. Pruning is beneficial.
- Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
- Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
- Related speciesKnown to occasionally hybridise with Olearia erubescens in the Dandenongs to form a shrub to 3 m. It has smaller, lighter green leaves and well displayed bunches of flowers.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Yarra Ranges Council photo library