Grevillea Pink Surprise: is an attractive hybrid whose parents are said to be Grevillea banksii and Grevillea whiteana. These are both Queensland species.
“Pink Surprise” develops into a tall shrub in warmer areas. In cooler climates plants usually reach a height of about two metres. In frosty areas the plants need to be cultivated in sheltered situations.
The segmented leaves are grey in colour. Flowers are carried in long, terminal clusters. Each flower spike may reach a length of 20 centimetres. Flowers are pale pink and profuse. Blooms are carried throughout the year. The flower spike illustrated is from a specimen growing in our garden. This plant is two metres tall and in spring 2004 carried at least 80 flower spikes.
This is an outstanding hybrid Grevillea. Honeyeaters love the nectar-rich flowers.
Pruning is recommended to keep plants dense and bushy.
Propagation must be from cuttings in order to retain the desirable characteristics.