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Banksia cuneata (Matchstick Banksia)

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Stone Gabion fencing and retaining walls. Gabion is a wire basket or wire form, filled with stones and shaped into a fence or retaining wall type structure. Read this article to learn more.

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.

Top plants for hedges and screens. Hedges and screens in gardens create privacy or screen out an unwanted view. Learn about which plants are best for this.

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Plant description

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Banksia cuneata, the matchstick banksia, is endangered in its natural habitat. The dense growth habit, interesting foliage and unusual flowers combine to make this an interesting garden plant. The flowers are different to the usual cone shaped banskias, and resemble a cluster of pink matches with green heads, and are very bird attracting. Use it as a feature shrub. It is  very low maintenance plant. Needs a well drained soil and a sunny spot. Should only be fed with a low phosphorus native fertiliser.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: cream ageing to pink
Flowering season: spring autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 4 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

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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