Olearia_oppositifolia.jpg (52963 bytes)Olearia oppositifolia: is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family. Members of this genus are known as Daisy Bushes.

Olearia oppositifolia is a small to medium shrub. The leaves are ovate to elliptical, either opposite or in whorls of three, green above and greyish to brownish hairy beneath with toothed margins. They are up to 12 centimetres long and four centimetres wide.

Flower heads are daisy-like, in terminal clusters. Each cluster is up to three centimetres across and conspicuous and profuse. November to January is the flowering period. Prune after flowering to avoid plants becoming straggly.

Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.

Olearia oppositifolia is a New South Wales species and is found in forests the North Coast and Northern Tablelands. This Daisy Bush is one of the dominant shrubs, in company with Lomatia fraseri, at an altitude of 1600 metres on the fringes of temperate rainforest in New England National Park, east of Armidale, New South Wales.

Propagate from seed or cuttings. Most Daisy Bushes propagate rapidly from cuttings.