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Products > Grevillea 'Red Hooks'
 
Grevillea 'Red Hooks'
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Synonyms: [Grevillea hookeriana, Hort.]
Parentage: (G. longifolia x G. tetragonoloba?)
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Grevillea 'Red Hooks' - A robust fast growing and attractive shrub to 8 to 15 feet tall with wide-spreading branches holding 6 inch long deeply lobed green leaves with narrow revolute segments. The bright red 3 inch long toothbrush flower heads are held horizontally at the branch tip and are present intermittently throughout the year with the heaviest flowering occurring mid-winter to spring. Plant in full sun or light shade in a well-drained soil. It requires little to no irrigation once established and tolerates moderate frosts and is considered hardy to around 20 F. This popular large cultivar is attractive to nectar feeding birds and it great as a specimen plant for screening plant or a formal or informal hedging in large areas. It that responds well to pruning in late spring after flowering to maintain shape and reduce size. The cut foliage is also useful in flower arrangements. The origin of this plant is obscure with Grevillea 'Red Hooks' long being sold in Australia (as early as 1940) as Grevillea hookeriana, which is a valid but seemingly unrelated species. It is thought that this plant is actually a hybrid possibly involving Grevillea longifolia and Grevillea tetragonoloba. In 1987 the Australian Cultivar Registration Authority accepted the name 'Red Hooks' as proposed by Alec Hooter of Zanthorrea Nursery in Western Australia. There is a beautiful specimen plant of this variety planted behind our sales office but since we take cuttings from it each year it only reaches to 8 or 9 feet tall before being cut back to about 6 feet tall. It is rarely out of bloom but with its showiest period in late winter to early spring. Our thanks to Monterey Bay Nursery for first providing us with this beautiful big Grevillea, which we have grown since 1999.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Grevillea 'Red Hooks'.
 
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