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PlantFiles: Saw Banksia, Old Man Banksia
Banksia serrata

Family: Proteaceae (pro-tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Banksia (BANGK-see-a) (Info)
Species: serrata (sair-AY-tuh) (Info)

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kennedyh On Jul 9, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Saw Banksia is a beautiful tree with a gnarled nobbly trunk. It grows in the eastern states of Australia, usually near the coast. It can grow as the dominant tree in areas of sandy soil such as Holey Plains State Park, near here. It is extremely rich in nectar. So much so that if you dip your hand into a fully open flower head, it comes out dripping in nectar, which you can lick off your fingers. It is extremely attractive to nectar feeding birds.
Seed is hard to extract from the enormous cones and they usually need half an hour in a fairly hot oven to encourage them to open. Once seed is obtained they are easy to grow, and we have established plants in our local park, although I have not yet planted one in my garden.
The timber of this tree has a beautiful ornamental grain, a feature it shares with other Banksias and other trees in this family. The grain gives the timber an oak-like appearance and one of its cousins, Grevillea robusta is named Silky Oak because of its beautiful decorative wood.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Leandro, California

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