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.
|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 Uses:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds|
WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-