Use : Outdoors
Evergreen/Deciduous : Evergreen
Plant Type : Tree
Flower Colour : Yellow
Foliage Colour : Green
Best Season : Winter
Light : Sun
Hardiness : Semi hardy
Attributes : Wind tolerant
Height (m) : 3
Spread (m) : 2.5

Banksia species

Notes: Banksia integrifolia has stiff spikes of flowers rather like yellow brushes and dark green, lance-shaped leaves distinguish this member of the large, Australian Banksia genus of the protea family (Proteaceae). As this plant is tolerant of windy conditions, it’s a good choice for non-humid coastal areas. You could plant it with Australian tea bush, grevillea, coast rosemary and sagewood, which need the same conditions. Other good species include the orange-gold-flowered B. ericifolia, and the red-flowered B. coccinea.

Best suited to mild, non-humid regions without frost, it does particularly well in the south-western Cape. It is not well suited to cold, inland areas or to very hot, humid conditions.

Plant it in a sunny position in light, sandy, slightly acid soil that is well drained. Water it regularly until it is established. In summer-rainfall regions, it will need extra water during the winter and occasional watering during periods of very dry summer weather.