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|
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-