Native plants

Tree hebe

Scientific name: Veronica parviflora
Other names: Hebe

Pioneer Tree, shrub (under 10m) - native to the Wellington Region
Suits: damp, dry, shade, partial shade, sunny, shelter, exposure, coastal forest garden, coastal and dune garden

About Tree hebe

A large hebe, up to 6 metre, worth growing for its green foliage and open habit with prolific white flowers. This hebe grows quickly and shapes into a somewhat mushroom-like shape, making it an intersting and different form in a garden. Although can be kept trimmed to desired heigh and can be used as a hedging plant. The green leaves are small and narrow, spear-shaped in 2.5–3.5 cm long. Hebes put on some of the most spectacular flowering displays in the New Zealand flora. These are epicentres of insect activity, and constitute an important source of nectar and pollen for many of our native insect species (particularly native bees and flies - such as the small bee pictured on the wildlife section of native bees.

Racemes of white to pale lilac flowers appear in summer up to 12 long, often sitting at the very end of the branches.
Hardy, growing in most conditions. However, it's its ability to grow happily in shady, dry and difficult spots that it really comes into its own. Shade will cause the plant to be drawn up revealing its woody structure and yellowish branches.

Provides for birds

  Nectar Fruit Seeds
Key . . .

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Read more about gardening for birds or see full nectar calendar.

Provides for lizards

  • Protection from predators
  • Clump forming for camouflage and insects
  • Complexity and height

Read more about gardening for lizards.

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