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.
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.
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
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.