Tree to 6m, taller away from Coast
Excellent for exposed coastal sites, and as a street tree/feature tree. Variable height, smaller on dunes and windy areas. Iconic tree of the Sunshine Coast.
Greyish- green leaves & yellow flower brushes to 15cm. Woody seed cones remain on tree and drop seeds.
Attracts birds including Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo.
Natural Habitat: Coastal Dunes, Headlands
Aspect: Full Sun
Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Well-Drained
- Bird and Butterflies
- Native Coastal
- Gardening for Biodiversity
Australian National Botanic garden – Aboriginal Plant Use Trail
Banksia spp. (Banksias)
The flower-cones were soaked in water in bark or wooden containers to extract the nectar to make sweet drinks. Early settlers called banksias ‘honeysuckles’.