Banksia aemula - wallum banksia
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Distinctive native beach and coast banksia for more humid climates. 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.We love wallum banksia for its tolerance of salty sandy windswept coastal sites
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Banksia aemula - wallum banksiaAPPEARANCE : Australian native with big rounded pale creamy-yellow flowers, blooming in autumn and winter, followed by distinctive 'lumpy' seedheads. Tall, very branched variable outline. Also known as banyalla.
ORIGIN :Native to coastal east coast of Australia from north of Bundaberg to south of Sydney
USE FOR : This adaptable Banksia forms an excellent open screen plant. 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.
PLANTING: Plant in well drained sandy to sandy loam soil (but not alkaline) with regular rainfall or water for best growth. Able to tolerate dry soils and salt spray.
CLIMATE: Grows well in humidity, tolerates occasional dry spells and light frost, regrows after fire
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
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