This Banksia from WA grows to a medium shrub or small tree, and is an excellent ornamental choice for gardens, flowering sporadically through the year with impressive red blooms.
It is also useful as a screen or windbreak.
Its natural environment is in peat swamp sands near the coast, and it will thrive in a similar garden environment, but also adapts well to other soils. May be difficult to sustain in areas with humid summers, preferring a Mediterranean climate.
|Scientific Name:||Banksia occidentalis|
|Other Common Names:||Waterbush Banksia, Red Swamp Banksia|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||3 ~ 8 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 5 metres|
|Flower Colour:||Yellow, Red|
|Flowering Time:||Summer, Autumn|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Loamy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage|
|Lifespan:||Perennial, Short lived|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Bog gardens, Decorative fruit, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Nectar eating birds|
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