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Binomial Name:  Persoonia pinifolia


Common Name: Pine-leaf Geebung




Leaves:  Leaves are soft and thread-like, 30–70 mm long and about 0.5 mm wide, pine like (as per name) and moderately hairy when young, but glabrous as they age


Stem/Trunk: Upright shrub form with multiple branches


Flower:  Long terminal yellow styles, flowers slightly hairy with rolled back tepals


Fruit: Oval-shaped achene


Flowering Period:  Late Winter through to Summer


Height: 3 metres


Width:  1 metre 


Habit:  Soft shrub


Aspect:  Semi shade, protected fromstrong winds and hot western sun


Soil Type:  Sandy soils or soils with drainage (mound up if on clay). Does well in large pots


Soil pH:  Prefers acidic soil 4.0 to 6.0 so add sulphur if you have alkaline soil or add organic matter to reduce pH. Good results lowering pH with Eucalyptus mulch especialy fine leaf mulch


Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch.  Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness


Root System:  Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant:  Once established provided planted in the correct protected semi-shaded microclimate


Frost Tolerant:  Moderately but needs semi shade so shouldn't be frist exposed


Salt Wind Tolerant:  No. Needs to be protected from strong salt winds


Fire Response:  Yes. Recovers from being burnt with cool ground fires


Host Requred:  No


Fast Growing:  Moderate 


Gardens:  Native gardens, bush food gardens, sensory gardens (foliage)


Natural Occurrence:  Sydney Basin on sandstone

Known Plant Associations:  Eucalyptus sieberi, Angophora costata, Eucalyptus haemastoma, Eucalyptus piperita, Corymbia gummifera, Allocasuarina littoralis, Olax strictaLasiopetalum ferrugineum, Conospermum longifolium, Hakea sericea, Kunzea ambigua


Known Fauna Associations:  Nectar feeding birds, Lewin’s honey eater, Swamp Wallaby, Currawongs


Other Information:  Many cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species

Persoonia pinifolia (Pine-leaf Geebung)