Banksia integrifolia (Coastal Banksia) - Evergreen

Size and Shape:

A medium sized tree native to Eastern Australia, the Coastal Banksia can grow to a typical mature size of 10 to 12 metres high and 6 to 8 metres wide under cultivation.  The eventual size and shape, however, will be influenced by the location this tree is planted.  Those planted in coastal areas, with sandy soils and wind exposure tend to grow smaller and more twisted.

Features:

Leaves are thick and leathery, with a dark green upper surface and a bright silver lower surface, providing year round colour interest.  Pale yellow upright flowers are formed from Summer to Winter and become the dried, dark brown seed pods (cones) that are so recognisable in Banksia's.  Bark is rough and patterned.

Uses in the Landscape:

An attractive feature tree, Banksia integrifoia is particularly useful in coastal situations as it happily tolerates sandy soils and exposure to salty air.  Also excellent for drier inland areas, as it is tolerant to periods of drought when established and will thrive in many soil types, including heavy clay.  Will not tolerate long-term waterlogging.

Comments:

Provides year round interest with the unusual double colour of the leaves and persistent Banksia cones.  Is bird attracting.  Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade.

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Banksia integrifolia (Coastal Banksia) - Evergreen

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