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Correa 'Green Giant'

Correa reflexa var. reflexa 'Green Giant'

Note: Submitted as Correa 'Narrawong Forest Green'

ORIGIN: Correa 'Green Giant' was selected from a wild population of Correa reflexa var. reflexa in the Mt Clay State Forest, Victoria by Mrs C Densley in 1992. The name refers to the unusually large green flowers. The applicant is Mrs Densley on behalf of the Correa Study Group. Application received 17/6/1999.

DESCRIPTION: Erect shrub to c. 1 m x 0.5 m with a moderately dense habit. Branchlets highly tomentose with rust coloured stellate hairs becoming brown and glabrous with age. Simple cordate leaves, 23mm x 16mm, shortly petiolate. Leaf apices obtuse, leaf bases cordate, venation reticulate, margins entire, slightly undulate. Upper surfaces of mature leaves dark green and scaberulous with occasional stellate hairs. Upper surfaces of young leaves sparsely tomentose with white stellate hairs and occasional rust-coloured stellate hairs, becoming more concentrated at veins and margins. Lower surfaces minutely densely tomentose with white stellate hairs and scattered rust-coloured stellate hairs becoming more concentrated on the veins. Calyx hemispherical, 4 mm high, tomentose with rust coloured stellate hairs. Bracteoles basal, linear, persistent. Corolla cylindrical to obconical 40 mm x 8 mm, green. Anthers shortly exerted, narrow oblong and obtuse. Peak flowering is from June to August in most districts.

DIAGNOSIS: The leaves and branchlets of this cultivar conform to descriptions for C. reflexa var. reflexa. However the plant is distinguished by its large flower size. Wilson (1998) gives a normal range of 2.5 - 3.0 mm for the corolla of C. reflexa var. reflexa. This cultivar exceeds that range.

COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1995

Flowers: close to 149C, lower fifth 149D

Leaves upper: 147A

Leaves lower: 193A

CULTIVATION: This cultivar is drought hardy and moderately frost resistant. It has a moderately dense growth habit. The cylindrical green flowers, which appear in early winter, are an attractive feature of the plant. It is easy to grow from cuttings and is bird attractive. This form would be suited to most garden conditions. It responds favourably to light pruning. It is suitable for tub planting as well as foreground planting in garden beds.