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Oak Leaved Banksia
Characteristics: Shrub 1.5m spread 1.5m
Seeds per packet: 5
A small rounded shrub with cylindrical flower spikes are about 100mm long by 60mm wide, greyish in bud and opening to a rusty brown. Flowering occurs from late autumn to early spring.
Leaves are up to 150 mm long and 30 mm wide and are of an elongated wedge shape with very serrated edges.
Like all Banksias the flowers are attractive to honey-eating birds. Flowering occurs from late autumn to early spring.
Rare in the wild only occurring over a 100 km range in the south west corner of Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, avoid waterlogged soils. Drought tolerant but frost tender.
Photo credit to Gnangarra under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Pre-treatment of smoke: Not considered critical to germination of this species and germination will generally occur without it.
However many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.