The ‘Coast Banksia’
Also known as the ‘Coastal Banksia, Banksia integrifolia is a medium sized tree to shrub that grows well in both coastal and inland conditions.
Very hardy once established it can also be used as a street tree in an open sunny posiion. The foliage is lightly toothed, green with a pale green to silver grey underside.
The large cone shaped flowers from autumn to spring are attractive and make unique long lasting cut flowers. The seed pods which form after the flowers are long lasting on the tree and add interest through the seasons.
An upright growing banksia growing to 10m with a narrow spread of 2-3m. B. integrifolia has dark green foliage and a pale golden/lemon flower spike.
Like most banksia, this is a species that prefers a sunny position in a well drained soil.
Useful as a feature tree in the garden, or planted as a hedge or screening plant. An excellent plant to attract birds to the garden.
This species is found along the east coast of Australia and is suited to seaside plantings. It is found from Victoria through to Queensland and low growing or prostrate forms that will reach only 2 metres in height are popular in cultivation. The form ‘Roller Coaster’ is even lower growing reaching well under 1 metre in height in most conditions and excellent as a ground cover plant.
Banksia integrifolia can be pruned after flowering to tidy up the plant and encourage a more bushy habit if required.
- Botanical Name – Banksia integrifolia.
- Common Name – Coast Banksia
- Family – Proteacae
- Origins – Australian East Coast
- Height – To around 4 – 15 metres depending on conditions and form
- Spread – To around 1- 5 metres
- Growth rate – Medium to fast
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Well drained
- Flowering Time – Winter to Summer
- Flower colour – Yellow
- Foliage – Deep green with a silvery reverse.
- Frost tolerant – Medium to Light frosts only.
- Drought tolerant – Yes.
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