Banksia sphaerocarpa – Fox Banksia

An elegant ornamental small to medium shrub, with long needle-like leaves and gorgeous yellow to orange ball-shaped flowers. It is quite a variable species, with a number of distinct varieties.
It makes a wonderful container plant, and is also useful as a low windbreak or screen. Tolerant of dry periods once established, it also handles some coastal exposure.
They need free draining, ideally sandy, soils and a sunny aspect. Susceptible to cinnamon fungus in areas with humid summers, ideal for the Mediterranean climate.

Scientific Name:Banksia sphaerocarpa
Common Name:Fox Banksia
Other Common Names:Round-fruit Banksia
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Cut flower, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Other insects, Mammals






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




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.