Banksia ericifolia - heath banksia
Fine-leaved very tall winter-flowering native. An excellent screen plant, the heathery foliage is frost and salt-spray tolerant, and the plant grows well in humid regions too. Classic bush flowers and lovely seedheads too for you and the birds. Needs an acid soil for best results.
We love heath banksia for its richly coloured flowers, tolerance of a wide range of growing conditions and climates
bush image: Donald Hobern cropped to size.
Banksia ericifolia - heath banksiaAPPEARANCE : Native tree with orange (though variable in colour) cylindrical flowers in autumn and winter. The foliage is fine, heather-like, hence its common name. It's variability in size and flower colour has led to it being the parent plant of many popular banksia cultivars.
ORIGIN : Native to NSW Central Coast
USE FOR : This adaptable Banksia forms an excellent screen plant or windbreak in gardens around Australia. Birds adore these plants and kept busy for ages. Seed pods are decorative, as are the flowers.
CLIMATE : Tolerates cold, humidity, salt spray. Should survive temperatures down to -6C once established
PLANTING : Plant in a well draining, neutral to slightly acid pH, sandy to sandy loam soil. Grows in the wild in woodland, and sometimes partly swampy areas.
CARE :Feed with a slow release native fertiliser during spring - Banksia ericifolia is phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%.
MATURE HEIGHT & WIDTH : 5m H x 3m W.
YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80mm high and 42 mm wide.
You can see an example in the image gallery.
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