Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden

Banksia 'Giant Candles'

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May

Common name -
Scientific name Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia ‘Giant Candles’
Family  Proteaceae

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820, botanist who travelled with Captain Cook.

Species: From Latin, spinulosus, bearing spines, probably refers to the leaf tip of the plant originally described; having leaves similar to the genus Erica.

Distribution Occasionally occurs as a natural hybrid in the central coast and central tablelands of New South Wales.
Native habitat n/a

A large shrub to 5 m x 5 m.

Flowering/fruiting The flowers are deep bronzy-orange and will be showy from late autumn through winter.

Location in Garden

You can see them in our Visitor Centre Carpark and Banksia Garden.


This cultivar arose spontaneously in the grounds of a Brisbane nursery, the parent species are probably B. ericifolia var. ericifolia and B. spinulosa var. spinulosa. It is well-known for its extremely large flower spikes which can easily become 40 cm long.

It thrives as far south as Melbourne but dislikes heavy frost and therefore will need a protected position in colder inland climates such as Canberra. It needs a relatively well drained soil, prefers a low phosphorus fertiliser and may need the occasional dose of iron chelates if the new growth starts to yellow.



Banksia 'Giant Candles', photo by Tracey Armstrong

Banksia 'Giant Candles', photo by Tracey Armstrong

Banksia 'Giant Candles', photo by Tracey Armstrong