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Outback Sunrise Emu

Eremophila glabra 'Outback Sunrise'

Mature Height*: 

1-3 ft

Mature Width*: 

3-10 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone Range:

8b to 11

Hardy to: 


Water Requirements: 

Drought Tolerant

Shade Requirements:

full Sun to light shade

Native to:

Inland Australia

Origin and Adaptability:

From the unique landscapes of Australia, Eremophila glabra 'Outback Sunrise,' commonly known as Emu Bush, is also known as Eremophila glabra ‘Mingenew Gold’. It is a low-growing, spreading plant, that showcases remarkable adaptability to various climates. Native to arid regions, this drought-tolerant shrub thrives in well-drained soils, presenting landscape architects with an excellent choice for water-wise and resilient designs. The Emu Bush, with its vibrant foliage, brings a touch of the Australian outback to diverse landscapes.

Architectural Form and Foliage:

Emu Bush ‘Outback Sunrise’ has a low-spreading form which provides designers with a visually captivating plant. Growing up to 10 feet wide, but only 1 foot high, it is great for hills or berms as well as flat gardens. Keep in mind the final growth size will be very wide and only place in landscapes that will support its unique shape. Its slender, green foliage creates a soft, feathery texture that contrasts beautifully with the surrounding plantings. This unique combination adds a touch of visual softness and light to landscapes, enhancing their textural diversity.

Floral Display and Growth Speed:

While the flowers of 'Outback Sunrise' are relatively small, they appear in clusters in spring, showcasing pointed tubular yellow blooms. With a moderate growth rate, this species ensures a balanced combination of prompt establishment and long-term manageability for designers, allowing for the creation of landscapes that evolve gracefully over time. The vibrant floral display adds a burst of color, creating visual interest in outdoor spaces.

Light and Water Requirements:

Thriving under full sunlight, the shrub reaches its full potential when exposed to at least six hours of sunlight daily. It also performs well in light shade and reflected heat, particularly in desert hot zones. As a drought-tolerant species, it requires minimal water once established, making it an ideal choice for sustainable landscape designs where water conservation is a priority. Well-suited for arid environments, this shrub offers designers versatility in various design themes.

Wildlife Support and Biodiversity:

Indigenous to Australia, Emu Bush plays a role in supporting hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies with its tube-like flowers. The plant's adaptation to the Australian ecosystem makes it an excellent choice for designers looking to incorporate native plantings that contribute to the well-being of local wildlife.
Challenges and Considerations: Emu Bush is generally low-maintenance, but landscape architects should consider its mature size and growth habits during the planning stages. Light pruning in late spring may be necessary to maintain a well-shaped form and encourage prolific flowering. Ensuring well-drained soil is crucial for preventing waterlogged conditions. Very salt and alkaline tolerant.

Integration into Landscape Designs:

With its vibrant floral display, cultural adaptability, and moderate growth rate, Emu Bush seamlessly integrates into diverse landscape designs. Designers can use it to bring an Australian flair to gardens, as a key feature in native plant designs, or as part of water-wise landscape solutions, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of outdoor spaces.

Designing with Emu Bush:

For landscape architects and designers, Eremophila glabra 'Outback Sunrise,' known as Emu Bush, provides an opportunity to infuse outdoor spaces with the unique beauty of Australian flora. Whether featured prominently or subtly woven into a diverse plant palette, this species contributes to the creation of visually dynamic and environmentally conscious landscapes, echoing the spirit of the Australian outback.

*Height and width estimated for growth in the Tucson, AZ area. True sizes may vary.

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