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Banksia burdettii is a large shrub to small tree, native to sandplains in Western Australia. The stunning flower heads are grey in bud and orange when they open are borne on a rounded bushy plant. Use it as a feature shrub and enjoy cut flowers for indoor decoration as well. It is a very low maintenance plant, tolerant of drought and frost once established. Plant is full sun to part shade, and needs a well drained soil.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: Grey and orange
Flowering season: summer autumn
Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres
Maximum width: 6 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: dry, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: all year.
Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.