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Banksia aemula (Wallum Banksia)

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Planning your garden. Learn how to design a garden using a step-by-step approach.

Winter Flowering Plants for the Garden. No Australian garden need be free of flowers in winter. Read this article to learn about some great winter flowering plants.

External privacy screens. External privacy screens began to appear in Australian residential and commercial building during the 1950's and 1960's, as a direct result of high density living and higher incomes. For more information and some examples read this article.

Garden Themes. This article describes various garden themes that should work well within Australia.

Plant description

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Banksia aemula, the wallum banksia, is a small gnarled shrub with interested serrated foliage and large attractive flower heads. Use it as a feature shrub or as a pot plant for a large container. It is a very low maintenance shrub. Native to Queensland down to Sydney, on caostal sandy areas, it grows to around 8 metres. The flowers are abundant in nectar, so attract lots of wildlife to feed on it, especially birds. Flowers in spring and autumn.

Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Greenish-yellow
Flowering season: summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 8 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 2.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds, insects, possums.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Diseases

root rot

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: All year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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