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Products > Banksia menziesii 'Dwarf'
Banksia menziesii 'Dwarf' - Flame Banksia

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange & Pink
Bloomtime: Fall/Spring
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Banksia mensiezii 'Dwarf' (Flame Banksia) - A showy evergreen shrub to 5 to 6 feet tall by 6 to 8 feet wide with thick woolly branches and serrated dark green leaves that are grayish new growth and remain so on the underside of the leaf. In late summer into winter appear the large showy 6 inch tall fat cones of two toned reddish-pink and orange flowers. Plant in the open location in full sun in a well-drained soil and irrigated infrequently. It is drought tolerant and cod hardy to around 26 F and tolerates near coastal conditions with some protection. Tip prune after flowering to shape and maintain compact growth. This is a great plant for a hillside planting, a low screen or for large containers. It is attractive to birds and flowers are great in floral arrangements. This plant is only called the dwarf form as the species, Banksia menziesii, can grow to be a large shrub or tree to 20 to 30 feet tall. It is considered to be one of the iconic Western Australian banksias and is found growing from near Perth north to the Murchison River where it is generally found on sandy soils in low woodlands. The name for the genus is one given by Carolus Linnaeus to honor the English botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who was on Captain James Cook's first expedition to Australia and collected the first Banksia specimens in 1770. The specific epithet honors Archibald Menzies, who was the surgeon and naturalist on the HMS Discovery under Captain George Vancouver on the over four year voyage that circumnavigated the globe and made contact with five continents. It is commonly known in Australian as Firewood Banksia because of its quick-burning properties, but is also known as Menzies Banksia or as Firewheel Banksia, Port Wine Banksia, Flame Banksia, Raspberry Frost or Strawberry Banksia for its attractive flowers. Our plants came to us from Obra Verde Nursery.  Information displayed on this page about  Banksia menziesii 'Dwarf' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.