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coastal hinterland
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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Xanthorrhoea johnsonii

grass tree 'black boy'

striking advanced tree indigenous to Australia, ranging from 20cm to 1.6m. Usually single trunk which is typically black
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originact, nsw, sa, victoria & tasmania
cultural notesextremely slow growing but very hardy and long lived
maintenanceprune old grass fronds (skirt) to shape or neaten
toleratesdrought and frost hardy
flowering seasonperiodically flowers in spring or after fire but not every year. The flower is spear-like and bears small white blossoms with bird attracting nectar. May produce more than one spike.
flower coloursmall white blossoms with bird attracting nectar
foliage colourthin green strap-like leaves
widthup to 1.6m
heightup to 0.2m
plant spacing Depends on layout of garden, Different spacing causes different effects
recommended usesexcellent feature plant with bird attracting flowers

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