A good hedging and shelter plant, olearia paniculata has distinctive crinkly green-yellow leaves. It produces a profusion of tiny sweet-smelling flowers each autumn. The colour of the leaves means it looks great planted with lancewood and cabbage trees. If you leave it to grow as a specimen tree - where it will reach a height of around 3 metres, it looks good underplanted with manuka, muehlenbeckia astonii and brachyglottis.
It needs a nice sunny position, and good drainage - yet another native that doesn't like having wet feet. Olearia paniculata is very hardy and will tolerate coastal conditions. All it needs is an annual prune to maintain its size and shape.