Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
NOTE: Originally named 'Wakiti Sunrise'. Registered as 'Sunrise'
ORIGIN: Grevillea 'Sunrise' was a seedling selected by Pam and David Shiells of Wakiti Nurseries in 1981-2. This cultivar is a hybrid cross between Grevillea bipinnatifida and Grevillea 'Clearview Robin'. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in June 1988. Registration applied for by P & D Shiells of Wakiti Nurseries, Shepparton 3631.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar forms a bushy shrub from 0.5 - 0.8m tall and up to 2m wide. The foliage is grey-green and the leaves may be divided or entire, 45 to 55mm long and 25-30mm wide at the widest point. Leaves are often pinnatisect, divided into three to five broadly elliptical lobes, and each leaf lobe ends with a strongly pungent tip. Leaves are obovate with margins that are slightly recurved. The undersurface of the leaf is covered with a dense tomentose indumentum. Midveins are prominent and covered in hairs. Petioles are from 3-5mm long. Branchlets are covered with spreading dense hairs. The flowers are borne in spring and summer on and form loose racemes up to 55mm long. The flowers are apricot pink.
DIAGNOSIS: It is difficult to relate this cultivar directly to either of the two purported parent species. The distinguishing feature of this cultivar is the flower colour as both parent plants have red flowers. Grevillea 'Sunrise' is also a more compact bush than both the purported parent species.
Grevillea 'Woodlands' is a similar cultivar, but can be distinguished as its flowers are in tighter clusters with racemes to 3cm long compared with 6cm for Grevillea 'Sunrise'. The flowers are apricot to orange, and are deeper in colour than those of Grevillea 'Sunrise'.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This cultivar is frost hardy and drought tolerant. As with the greater majority of grevilleas a well drained sunny position is best. This cultivar would make a useful specimen shrub and is a useful plant for attracting honeyeaters. Propagation must be by vegetative means.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966.
Base of the perianth: Greyed Yellow Group 160A.
Main part of perianth: Close to Red Group 54A.
Style: Yellow Green Group 151A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC437, ACRA292/301/466, CBG8801899/8802722/ 9005241
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 6 February 1990