Definition of grevillea in US English:



  • An evergreen tree or shrub bearing conspicuous flowers that lack petals, most kinds of which are native to Australia.

    Genus Grevillea, family Proteaceae

    • ‘Noisy Miners were significantly more common in gardens that contained eucalypts, but they were no more common in gardens with grevilleas, unless those gardens also contained eucalypts.’
    • ‘Acacias, grevilleas and melaleucas need careful annual pruning to keep them busy and attractive and should be replaced when they are no longer so.’
    • ‘The fern-leaved grevillea or honey wattle, Grevillea pteridifolia (family Proteaceae), is a slender tree with fine silvery leaves and brilliant orange flowers.’
    • ‘It grows to over 1.5m but should, like all grevilleas, be pruned back to prevent it from becoming straggly.’
    • ‘Native plants with needle-like leaves or those with a small surface area such as many callistemons, grevilleas and hakeas are also reliable in heat.’


Modern Latin, named after Charles F. Greville (1749–1809), Scottish horticulturalist.