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|
|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|
|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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