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Trees (New Zealand) Hebes and their hybrids & cultivars (photos) .

Below are some of the native Hebes and their cultivars and hybrids 

Hebe is the largest genus of New Zealand shrubs containing almost 80 species, many of which hybridise. It is typically a New Zealand genus and there are only about 100 species known.

Hybridisation between species growing in the wild is not common but when compatible species are in planted in gardens, hybridism is extensive. Many growers and collectors have selected and named these cultivars. Planned breeding of ornamental Hebe cultivars has been happening for a long time. It is thought that the first hybrid was produced in 1845 in Suffolk, England and it is now estimated that there are around 700 hybrid Hebes.

The Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture is the International Registration Authority for Hebe and they have been working steadily towards a Register of cultivar names for the genus Hebe for many years. It contains a number of cultivar names which are now of historical interest.

Check species at RNZIH http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/imagesHebe.htm

Another site to visit is "
The Hebe Society" which was founded in 1985 and is a British Registered Charity. It is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, New Zealand Alpine Garden Society and Tatton Garden Society.

What's the difference between "hybrids" and "cultivars"?
The answer from Australian Native Plant Society website

Well, as far as ornamental plants are concerned, a hybrid is usually a cultivar; but a cultivar doesn't have to be a hybrid!
The word "cultivar" is short for "cultivated variety" and a cultivar is a selected form of a plant that has some desirable characteristic for cultivation. It is often given an attractive name by an enterprising horticulturist with the hope of commercial success. The desirable characteristic might be flower colour, growth habit, foliage characteristic, disease resistance or anything else. The cultivar may be an unusual form of a pure species that was discovered in the wild, a form that arose in a batch of seedlings in a nursery or a hybrid...so a cultivar doesn't have to be a hybrid.

A hybrid is a genetic "cross" between two different species (usually within the same genus) or between a species and other hybrids. Hybrids can occur naturally or they can be produced by human intervention. The aim of deliberate hybridization is to produce plants with desirable characteristics. If the hybridization gives successful results, the plant is usually given a cultivar name and released commercially....so, a successful hybrid is also a cultivar.

Hebe cultivars are listed below this group.

Hebe acutiflora (Northland River Koromiko)

Hebe adamsii

Hebe albicans

Hebe albicans ‘Sussex Carpet'

Hebe annulata

Hebe armstrongii 

Hebe barkeri (Chatham Island tree hebe)

Hebe bishopiana

Hebe bollonsii

Hebe brevifolia (Hebe ‘Ruby)

Hebe brockiei

Hebe brachysiphon

Hebe buchananii (Hollow-leaved Hebe)

Hebe carnosula

Hebe chathamica

Hebe cockayneana

Hebe cupressoides 

Hebe decumbens

Hebe dieffenbachii

Hebe divaricata ‘Snow Fall’

Hebe diosmifolia ‘Mauve’

Hebe diosmifolia 

Hebe elliptica (Kokomuka)

Hebe epacridea

Hebe evenosa (Tararua hebe)

Hebe evenosa x stricta

Hebe gracillina

Hebe Great Barrier Island (Tag name)

Hebe hectori

Hebe hulkeana (New Zealand Lilac) Heliohebe hulkeana,

Hebe karo (Golden Esk)

Hebe lycopodioides subsp. lycopodioes

Hebe macrocalyx var. humilis

Hebe macrantha (Large flowered hebe) 

Hebe macrocarpa"  

Hebe Mount Nimrod

Hebe pauciramosa

Hebe pinguifolia

Hebe aff pinguifolia

Hebe propinqua 

Hebe pubescens subsp. sejuncta ('Mokohinau Koromiko')

Hebe ochracea (Hebe James Stirling)

Hebe odora (Boxwood hebe)

Hebe odora var. prostrata (Leathery-leaved mountain hebe)

Hebe raouli 

Hebe rigidula var.rigidula

Hebe rimutaka

Hebe ‘Rock and Pillar’ (Tag name)

Hebe salicifolia (Koromiko South Island)

Hebe salicornioides

Hebe speciosa (Napuka)  

Hebe 'Species Q'.

Hebe stricta (Koromiko North Island) 

Hebe stricta var. atkinsonii (Koromiko)

Hebe tairawhiti (Wairoa Koromiko)

Hebe townsonii

Hebe tetragona 

Hebe topiaria

Hebe treadwellii (Hebe Bald Knob Ridge)

Hebe truncatula  

Hebe venustula 

Hebe 'Alicia Amherst'  

Hebe Anomala

Hebe 'Amy' (Hebe 'Ruth')

Hebe 'Audrey Hepburn'   

Hebe 'Bel Air' ( Hebe X speciosa “Bel Air”)

Hebe ‘Bernie Hollard’ 

Hebe ‘Beverley Hills’

Hebe 'Black Panther''

Hebe 'Blue Gem' (Hebe x franciscana cv)  

Hebe 'Catherine'

Hebe 'Champagne'

Hebe 'Champion' 

Hebe 'Charlotte'

Hebe diosmifolia ‘Minor’

Hebe 'Emerald Gem'

Hebe 'Eveline'

Hebe 'First Light''

Hebe ‘Flame’ 

Hebe Galway Bay (Hebe albicans 'Galway Bay') 

Hebe 'George'

Hebe 'Gina Maree'  

Hebe 'Grace Kelly'   

Hebe 'Heebie Jeebie'

Hebe 'Icing Sugar'  

Hebe 'Inspiration'

Hebe 'Inverey'

Hebe 'Jewel of the Nile'

Hebe ‘Lavender Lace’

Hebe 'Lavender Spray' (Hebe 'Hartii') 

Hebe 'Lobelioides' (Hebe x franciscana cv)

Hebe ‘Margret’

Hebe ‘Mary Antoinette’

Hebe 'McEwanii'

Hebe ‘Marilyn Monroe’ 

Hebe 'Mauve Fingers'

Hebe 'Ohakea'

Hebe 'Ohau'

Hebe ‘Orphan Annie’ 

Hebe 'Oratia Beauty'

Hebe.'Otari Delight' (H. diosmifolia ‘Otari Delight’)

Hebe 'Pretty in Pink

Hebe 'Pretty Woman”

Hebe "Quicksilver " 

Hebe ‘Red Edge’  

Hebe 'Rhubarb & Custard'

Hebe 'Sandra Joy'

Hebe ‘Santa Monica’

Hebe 'Sunset Boulevard'

Hebe 'Sunstreak' (Hebe 'hybrida')

Hebe stricta 'Variegata'

Hebe 'Snowdrift'

Hebe speciosa ‘Variegata’(Hebe speciosa ‘Tricolor’)

Hebe Speciosa 'Blue' (Hebe 'Azure') 

Hebe 'Temptation'

Hebe 'Turkish Delight' (Hebe 'Mathewsii')  

Hebe  'Wairau Beauty' 

Hebe 'Waireka' (Hebe X francisana 'Waireka')

Hebe 'White Cloud' (Hebe speciosa 'White Cloud')

Hebe 'Winsome Girl' 

Hebe 'Wiri Charm'

Hebe 'Wiri Cloud'

Hebe 'Wiri Dawn'

Hebe 'Wiri Desire'

Hebe 'Wiri Gem'  

Hebe 'Wiri Grace'

Hebe 'Wiri Image'

Hebe ‘Wiri Jewel’

Hebe ‘Wiri Mist’

Hebe ‘Wiri Prince’ 

Hebe 'Wiri Splash' 

Hebe 'Wiri Vogue'

Reference books on Hebes

Hebes by Lawrie Metcalfe

The Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Hebes
by Michael Bayly and Alison Kellow

Gargening with Hebes by Chris & valerie Wheeler 


Nature guide to the NZ forest by Dawson& Lucas
Eagle's Trees & Shrubs of New Zealand
Eagle's 100 Shrubs & Climbers of NZ
Nayive Plants by L Metcalf
New Zealand in Flower By Alison Evans
Vegetation of Egmont National Park by B Clarkson
Small-leaved shrubs of New Zealand by Wilson& Galloway
The Flora of Great Walks by Richard Ryall
The Gardener's Encyclopaedia of NZ Native Plants 
The Royal Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants
Mini Guide to the Identification of New Zealand Native Trees by Andrew Crowe
Photographic Guide to Trees of New Zealand by Lawrie Metcalf 
Photographic Guide to New Zealand Ferns by Lawrie Metcalfe 
New Zealand Small Shrubs and Trees by Murdoch Riley 
New Zealand Trees and Ferns by Murdoch Riley 
Trees and Shrubs of New Zealand by A. L. Poole and Nancy Adams
Nature Guide to the New Zealand Forest by John Dawson and Rob Lucus
Know your New Zealand Native Plants by Lawrie Metcalf 
New Zealand Flowers and Plants in Colour by J. T Salmon
New Zealand Medical Plants Brooker,Cambie,Cooper
New Zealand Gardening A-Z by W. G. Sheat
Hebes by Lawrie Metcalfe
NZ Native Trees by John Dawson & Rob Lucas
An illustrated Guide to New Zealand Hebes by Michael Bayly and Alison Kellow