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Banksia elegans (Elegant Banksia)

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Plant description

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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).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Greenish yellow
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 7 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 5 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, 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 native fertiliser.

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