Rugged versatile Australian native, suited to coastal plantings, street trees, revegetation, soil stabilisation. Distinctive for the silver-white undersides to the leaves which show up when coastal breezes blow. Nectar rich flowers in winter - a good tree for beekeepers. Occurs in the wild from southern VIC to QLD, as a shrub in exposed locations, to a 20m tree in sheltered spots - so plant it to allow for future growth! We love coastal banksia for its hardy resilience, nectar rich flowers, fast growth
APPEARANCE : Native fast-growing large shrub-tree with a somewhat open loose outline; rich lime to yellow cylindrical flowers in autumn and winter. Dark matt green leaves, grey-white underneath, arranged in whorls. Pods emerge pale silver-green and darken to brown. Long-lived; some specimens are over 100 years old. ORIGIN :East Coast from Fraser Coast to southern VIC. USE FOR : Coastal gardens, foliage colour, native borders. Nectar feeding birds are attracted to the bottlebrush shaped flowers. Seed pods are decorative, long lasting and are ideal used indoors in floral arrangements. PLANTING : Plant in a well drained soil in a sunny location. Tolerates humidity, wind, frost and salt spray, frontline coastal sites as the name suggests. Grows in most soils given enough water, and survives temperatures to -6C. Regenerates after fire. CARE : Prune as required after flowering to maintain tidy growth. Feed with a slow release native fertiliser during spring - Banksia integrifolia is phosphorus-sensitive so the P ratio of the fertiliser needs to be under 3%. HEIGHT : Average 5 -10 m in garden settings, up to 20 metres in the wild in a sheltered site. 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.