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Banksia elegans is a shrub to small tree, growing around 4 metres, round yellow spikes of flower in spring and summer. It has an open and many branched growth habit, interesting toothed blue green foliage, and grey tesselated bark. Use it as a feature shrub. It is very low maintenance plant. Likes good drainage and full sun, fertilise with a good low phosphorus native plant food.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: Greenish yellow
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 7 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres
Maximum width: 5 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate.
Loam: dry, well-drained.
Clay: not specified.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: all year.
Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus native fertiliser.