— Westringia fruticosa ‘WES02’ Aussie Box™ PPAF —
A semi-dwarf coastal rosemary selection that has a natural “Box” shape and bright green rosemary leaves foliage which makes this Westringia perfect for creating a formal look in harsh, low-water landscapes. As an added benefit, tons of small mauve flowers will appear in spring and summer. There are a few Westringia selections that will thrive in humid/subtropic climates, but Aussie Box is best suited to arid Mediterranean climates in Zones 9-11.
- Compact “box” variety; little pruning needed to maintain its shape
- Ideal choice to create a formal look in Western gardens
- Drought and salt tolerant
Life Cycle: Evergreen
Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11; decent frost tolerance but will show some injury under severe conditions of prolonged cold and heavy frost (relative to Zone 9) so better suited to Zone 9b and warmer.
H x W (approx): Approx 3ft tall and wide after several years; responds well to pruning
Spacing: 3ft on center for hedges
Bloom Time: Spring to summer
Flower: Small mauve flowers appear in clusters along the stems from spring and into summer
Foliage Color: Young growth is a pale green foliage that matures to a darker emerald green
Habit: Round, compact and dense
Containers?: No. Best suited to landscape applications.
Light Requirement: Full to filtered sun
Water Requirement: Very drought tolerant once established
Maintenance Category: Low Maintenance; salt tolerant, drought tolerant
Uses: Drought tolerant mass and group plantings or as an accent; coastal, salt laden
landscapes; water-wise gardens
Maintenance Notes: Looks it best in full sun with deep, infrequent irrigation in the
southeast and slightly more “regular” irrigation in arid climates. Responds well to pruning.