How to grow griselinia

How to grow griselinia

Find out all you need to know about growing griselinia, in this detailed Grow guide.

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Do not Plant in January

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Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December


Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do Prune in July

Do Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Griselinia is a genus of only seven evergreen shrubs and trees, native to New Zealand. The characteristic upright habit and bright, glossy evergreen leaves makes this plant a popular choice for hedging, in particular Griselinia littoralis. Tolerant of salty air, Griselinia is good choice for coastal gardens.


Planting position

Grow Griselinia littoralis in well-drained soil in full sun. It’s hardy in the UK apart from in the far north and will tolerate most soils. It’s suitable for coastal areas, but not very exposed sites.

Planting technique

If choosing Griselinia for a garden hedge, follow our step-by-step guide to planting a hedge.


You can propagate Griselinia by taking semi-ripe cuttings. Watch our video for tips on taking semi-ripe cuttings:


Griselinia is generally a pest-free shrub but can sometimes be affected by leaf spots.


Griselinia foliage can be affected by hard frosts but it’s not permanent damage and recovers well once the thermometer goes up above freezing. If you have a Griselinia hedge, it will need pruning once a year in late summer.

Griselinia varieties to try

How to grow griselinia
How to grow griselinia

Griselinia littoralis is a fast-growing large evergreen shrub with light green, broadly oval leaves. The inconspicuous yellow summer flowers are followed by purple fruits, if both sexes are grown together. It makes an excellent hedging plant for sheltered sites and coastal regions but isn’t hardy in exposed or northerly sites.
Griselinia ‘Dixon’s Cream’ is a variegated form with cream edges to the evergreen leaves. It will grow at a rate of around 20-40cm a year, so it is easily maintained as a hedge.
Griselinia lucida is too tender to grow in this country.