plant catalogue

provincial plants + landscapes

plant type

  • native trees and shrubs

water      hardiness

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
fire retardant
shady gardens

project type

urban and commercial
horticultural production

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Banksia marginata

silver Banksia, large banksia

Depending on its habitat, this species can vary in form from a dense shrub 1.8m tall and spreading 4m, to a tree growing to 12m in height. Cream-yellow flower spikes to 9cm long appear in spring summer and autumn.
originNSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
cultural notesA hardy plant that requires well drained soils. Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade. Some forms will regenerate from a lignotuber after fire, others rely on seed.
maintenanceCan be lightly pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost, drought and salt tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring Summer and Autumn.
flower colourCream-yellow flower spikes up to 9cm long.
foliage colourUpper surface dark green with silvery white undersides. Leaf margins and tips often have small serrations.
widthup to 4m
heightup to 12m
plant spacing150cm apart
recommended usesUseful garden plant particularly in coastal situations. Good as an informal hedge, screen or windbreak.
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Noodle snacks

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