The scientific name ‘littoralis’ means ‘belonging to the sea shore’, referring to the coastal woodland habitat of this large, majestic banksia. Growing to a large shrub or small tree, the Swamp Banksia is best suited to parks and farms, and is particularly good for coastal areas.
The wood is said to have an exquisite grain and can be used in cabinet making. Aside from its ornamental features, it can also be used as a windbreak, and to control soil erosion. It is a fast growing species. Banksias are phosphorus sensitive, so a good native fertiliser is best when it comes to feeding time.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia littoralis|
|Other Common Names:||Pungura, Swamp Oak|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||5 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 10 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Summer, Autumn, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Bog gardens, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds|
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