Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Gardening - By Jutta Hamil­ton

Gee­bungs or Per­soo­nias are shrubs with small yel­low flow­ers fol­lowed by ed­i­ble fruit. There are var­i­ous species, that can be found in the Syd­ney area, mostly on sandy soils, but a few also grow on clay and al­lu­vial soils.

From the 12 species de­scribed in the Syd­ney area, two are en­dan­gered; one is poorly known and an­other one ex­tinct.

The other species are more com­mon and are an im­por­tant part of the un­der­story and shrub layer of wood­lands. Once the fruit is ripe and turns pur­ple in colour and can be dif­fi­cult to find be­cause na­tive wildlife re­ally en­joys the fruit.

Whether in flower or in fruit, Per­soo­nias make a very at­trac­tive gar­den plant- but they are quite dif­fi­cult to prop­a­gate.

Per­soo­nia pini­fo­lia is found grow­ing in heath or scle­ro­phyll for­est in this area. It is com­monly re­ferred to as the Pine-leaved Gee­bung or The Aus­tralian Christ­mas Tree be­cause it com­mences flow­er­ing around Christ­mas and has “pine-tree” like leaves.

With its fresh, green fo­liage it is at­trac­tive all year round and it bright yel­low flow­ers never fail to at­tract at­ten­tion. The species is hardy in most well drained soils in full sun or par­tial shade.

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