Firewood Banksia, Menzies Banksia
Banksia menziesii

Family: Proteaceae (pro-tee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Banksia (BANGK-see-a) (Info)
Species: menziesii (menz-ESS-ee-eye) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Cupertino, California

Vista, California

Richmond, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 26, 2005, Equilibrium wrote:

Native to West Australia, this species is found along the coastal ranges of Perth. It is a small tree growing to only about 20 although there is a dwarf form. It has narrow coarse toothed leaves. The entry above states multiple USDA zones, it would most probably be best planted in USDA Zone 9 only and zone 11 would most probably stress the plant. Showy silvery-red/pink flowers (hence the common name Raspberry Frost) with golden styles in spring. The plant is so pretty it is often used in dried floral arrangements. Will require well drained light to medium soil with added lime. Steer clear of using any type of a phosphorous fertilizer with any Banksias.

Propagation is virtually the same as the Banksia spinulosa var. collina. Excerpt from a previous entry of mine on propag... read more