The Firewood Banksia grows to a large shrub or small tree, and is a stunning ornamental for the garden with its large flower heads, commonly grown as a cut flower. The flower colour can vary, but is mostly red or orange brown.
The flowers attract nectar eating birds, particularly honeyeaters, and the plant can be used as a windbreak in the garden.
Needs a well drained soil, and can be difficult to cultivate on the east coast where summers are humid, as it is susceptible to dieback caused by the soil-borne water mould, Phytophthora cinnamoni. Banksias are phosphorus sensitive, so a good native fertiliser is best when it comes to feeding time.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia menziesii|
|Other Common Names:||Firewood Banksia, Menzies Banksia|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||5 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||5 ~ 10 metres|
|Flower Colour:||Yellow, Red, Orange, Gold, Brown|
|Flowering Time:||Autumn, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds|
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