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Products > Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem'
Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' - Coast Rosemary
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Blue
Bloomtime: Year-round
Parentage: (W. fruticosa x W. eremicola)
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' (Wynyabbie Coast Rosemary) - This hybrid Westringia is a fast growing upright dense-growing shrub that can reach 6-8 feet tall by 6 feet wide with slender 1 inch long leaves that are gray-green above and whitish beneath and radiate out from the dark stems in evenly spaced whorls. The clusters of attractive mauve-pink flowers are produced throughout the year.

Plant in full sun to light shade. It is drought and seaside tolerant, and will take cold down to at least 25 degrees F and likely a bit lower. This plant has proven useful as a large specimen shrub or as a sheared hedge, though we have had reports that regular shearing may shorten the lifespan of this plant and 8 to 10 years may be all one can expect it to live with this treatment; with its interesting foliage and rapid growth this may still be acceptable to some.

Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' is a hybrid between the coastal Westringia fruticosa and the inland growing Westringia eremicola. We received this cultivar from the late Gary Hammer in 1991 and have been growing it at San Marcos Growers since 1992. It originated in cultivation at Wynyabbie Nursery in Jindalee, Queensland from where it gets its cultivar name. The name for the genus was given to it by Sir James Edward Smith, an English botanist and founder of the Linnaean Society in 1788 to name honor Dr. Johan Peter Westring (1753-1833), a botanist and physician to King Charles XIII of Sweden who was a student of Linnaeus.

We also grow a new selection of Westringia called Westringia Blue Gem that is similar but denser and tolerates trimming better as well as a variegated selection of 'Wynyabbie Gem' called Westringia 'Wynyabbie Highlight'. We also grow the species Westringia fruticosa and several cultivars of this species including the variegated forms Westringia fruticosa 'Morning Light' and Westringia fruticosa 'Smokey' and the low growing Westringia fruticosa Mundi and Westringia fruticosa Low Horizonas well as the compact gray Westringia fruticosa Gray Box

This information about Westringia 'Wynyabbie Gem' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.