Banksia serrata – Old Man Banksia

A character filled small to medium sized tree with leathery serrated leaves and creamy yellow to brown large flowers in summer. The flowers are followed by interesting pods , and the bark is lumpy and bumpy, both of which helped inspire May Gibbs Big Bad Banksia man. It naturally occurs on the east coast of Australia from southern Queensland to Victoria, plus northern Tasmania. Specimens can slowly grow to up to 15 metres, though usually will be smaller, and there are some low growing varieties. Best in sandy soils. Great for coastal gardens as it withstands salty winds. A good plant for attracting nectar loving birds and other wildlife, and black cockatoos like feeding on the developing cones.

Scientific Name:Banksia serrata
Common Name:Banksia
Other Common Names:Old Man Banksia
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:3 ~ 15 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Cream, Yellow, Brown
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, Decorative fruit, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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