Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
Originally registered as Baeckea 'Wirreanda White Cascade', but 'Wirreanda' is an inadmissable registered business name.
GENUS: A taxonomic revision resulted in the genus name for this cultivar changing from Baeckea to Babingtonia.
Bean, A.R. (1999) A revision of the Babingtonia virgata (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.)F.Muell. complex (Myrtaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 5(2)
ORIGIN: Baeckea 'Wirreanda White Cascade' arose as a chance seedling of Baeckea virgata at Wirreanda Nursery in Ingleside, NSW. The plant was selected as worthy of further propagation due to its habit. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in February 1987. Registration applied for by Wirreanda Nursery, NSW.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a low spreading shrub to 0.5 metres tall by up to 1.5 metres wide. The branchlets are pendulous and the new growth is an attractive coppery colour. The flowers are borne in the summer and autumn months.
DIAGNOSIS: Baeckea 'Wirreanda White Cascade' was selected initially because of its different flowering time and pendulous flowers. The fact that it flowers in autumn as well as summer was noted after the original selection. There are other forms of Baeckea virgata already registered as cultivars B. 'Howie's Sweet Midget' being a smaller cultivar with a more compact habit and much smaller and finer foliage. B. 'Howie's Feathertips' also has finer foliage but grows to a similar size than B. 'Wirreanda White Cascade'. The latter also flowers in autumn different from the former two cultivars.
CULTIVATION NOTES: The cultivar has proved to be drought resistant and frost hardy. Vegetative means of propagation must be used to preserve the cultivar form.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC390; ACRA237; CBG8700692.
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 15 September 1990