Banksia occidentalis – Waterbush Banksia

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.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Banksia occidentalis
Common Name:Banksia
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
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
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-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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