Banksia integrifolia – Coast Banksia

This variable, adaptable and beautiful banksia will grow slowly to eventually attain tree size, and suits many different positions from coastal gardens where it will handle salt laden winds with ease, to inland cooler areas where it is frost and drought tolerant. The leathery leaves have attractive dark green colouring with silver reverses. The large lemon yellow flowers are produced from autumn through winter to spring, are nectar rich and attract wildlife, and are followed by the iconic fruit. Older specimens often have interesting gnarly forms and bark. It naturally occurs on the east coast of Australia, from Victoria up to Queensland.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Banksia integrifolia
Common Name:Banksia
Other Common Names:Coast Banksia
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub
Height:4 ~ 15 metres
Width:1 ~ 6 metre
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Cut flower, Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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