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Banksia ericifolia (Heath Banksia)

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Plant description

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Banksia ericifolia has large orange flower heads, lovely needle-like foliage and a dense growth habit making this a very useful banksia for the garden. It makes an excellent medium sized screen or feature plant, growing from 4 to 7 metres tall. It is a very low maintenance plant, rarely troubled by pests or disease, and suitable for most soil types. Long flowering, from autumn through to spring, and birds flock to the nectar rich flowers. It is said that this was the first plant collected by Joseph Banks in Australia.

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

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Orange
Flowering season: spring autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 7 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres

Maximum width: 2.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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