Distinctive native beach and coast banksia. Salt tolerant, likes dry sandy soils but happy in less well-drained soils too. Creamy flowers in autumn-winter, loved by birds and flower arrangers. Decorative seed pods. Grows to 8m unclipped but generally much shorter (especially in a windswept site), and 3m wide.
APPEARANCE : Coastal Australian native with creamy-yellow flowers, blooming in autumn and winter, followed by distinctive 'lumpy' seedheads. Tall, very branched variable outline. USE IN : This adaptable Banksia forms an excellent open screen plant and is able to tolerate dry sandy soils and salt spray. Birds are attracted to the flowers and will feed at sunrise and sunset. Seed pods and flowers are decorative and ideal used in flower arrangements. LOCATION : Plant in well drained sandy to sandy loam soil (but not alkaline). CARE : Mulch and water regularly until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Prune after flowering to promote dense growth habit and prolific blooms during the next flowering season. Feed with a slow release native fertiliser during spring - Banksia are phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%. Banksia aemula is less sensitive than other species. HEIGHT & WIDTH : 3-8m H x 3m W. YOUR PLANTS : These plants are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide