A slow growing plant, native to south west Western Australia, Kingias are similar to grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea) in habit, except for the flowers. They have one or more trunks, 6 to 8 metres tall, with a large tuft of grassy leaves atop. A new growing point is formed if the main trunk gets damaged. The flowers give an interesting look to the plant, as yellow-green to brown round flower heads on stalks are held above the mop of foliage.
Transplanting of mature specimens is difficult. Best results are when the plant is given a good free draining soil, and is kept moist until established.
Kingias can live for centuries, and are slow growers. They put on around 1 1/2 centimetres in growth a year, so a 6 metre specimen is old indeed!
|Scientific Name:||Kingia australis|
|Other Common Names:||Bullanock|
|Plant Type:||Small tree|
|Ph Level:||Mildly acid, Neutral, Mildly alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Courtyard, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Other insects|
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-