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Banksia integrifolia/Coast Banksia, Banksia

Banksia integrifolia / Banksia integrifolia
Specimen plant in a southern California botanical garden
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Specimen plant in a southern California botanical garden

Close view of a cylindrical flower spike

Terminal shoots of leathery foliage

Foliage and flowers

Close view of two stages in flower development

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Scientific Name: Banksia integrifolia
Common Name: Coast Banksia, Banksia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Fall, Winter
Flower color: White, Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: This is a tree that is quite popular in Australia. Reported to be highly variable in form, from sizable tree to a medium-sized shrub, depending on the habitat. Flowers which are cylindrical in form resemble the more common bottlebrush. Foliage is dark green with the undersides being grayish in color. Old trees have twisted and gnarled trunks. Birds and bees are attracted to the flowers.