Banksia - - Semi-mature and mature Banksia serrata

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Banksia serrata - Old Man Banksia

 

Family:

Proteaceae

Origins:

Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland East coast of Australia

Plant Type:

Evergreen shrub/ tree

Size:

10m x 4m (can vary depending on soil type and site conditions)

Habit/ Form:

Odd shaped plant and may change from a stunted gnarly shrub to a straight upright tree depending on conditions where the plant is cultivated.

Leaves:

Oblong with a saw tooth margin of the leaf.

Flowers:

Creamy Yellow spike of approximately 100mm wide, 150 mm long.

Fruit:

The cones have large protruding follicles dark grey in colour which only opens during and after fire.

Bark / Trunk:

Thick rough grey and black bark which is very resilient to fire.

Vigour / Longevity:

Grows fairly fast when young and slows up with age. Up to 50 – 60 years depending on habitat.

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun to part shade, can handle front line salt and fairly cold and warm temperatures.

Hardiness:

Tolerates temperatures down to – 5°C. Prefers well-drained sandy soil, does not tolerate inundation.

Soil / Drainage:

Thrives in well-drained sandy soil.

Pruning:

Prune to shape as required.

Watering:

Moderately drought tolerant once established.

Fertilising:

Low phosphate fertilizer, preferably a native mix.

Pests / Diseases:

Susceptible to borer when young. Over watering can cause fungal problems.

Uses:

Native gardens, coastal plantings, parks, gardens and street tree planting. Often used as a native screen or informal hedge.

 

 

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