The Temperate Database is in the process of being updated, with new records being added and old ones being checked and brought up to date where necessary. This record has not yet been checked and updated.
Hebe speciosa is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental, where it can be used to make a hedge
Sea cliffs on North Island[
]. Locally naturalized on sea cliffs in Ireland[
Succeeds in most soils so long as they are not boggy or too dry[
]. Prefers a light well-drained soil[
] and a sunny position[
]. Prefers a moist rich soil[
] but plants are probably hardier in a soil that is on the poor side[
]. Lime tolerant[
]. Intolerant of drought[
]. Tolerates atmospheric pollution[
]. Very wind resistant, withstanding maritime exposure[
]. A good butterfly plant[
A polymorphic species[200[, it hybridizes freely with other members of this genus.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Succeeds as an untrimmed hedge in maritime areas, tolerating maritime exposure[
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in spring. Only just cover the seed and do not allow the compost to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. Grow on the young plants for at least their first winter in a greenhouse and plant out in late spring or early summer after the last expected frosts. It would probably be worthwhile giving some protection to the plant for its first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half ripe wood, 3 - 5cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Pot up when roots are forming and keep in a frame or greenhouse for its first winter before planting out in late spring.
Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn or winter in a frame.