Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Banksia aemula

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - March

Common name wallum banksia
Scientific name Banksia aemula R. Br.
Family   Proteaceae

Genus: After Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820.

Species: From Latin, aemulus, like; referring to the similarity of this species to Banksia serrata.

Distribution Coastal central Queensland to northern New South Wales.
Native habitat Swampy heathland vegetation where it occurs on slight rises in soils which are generally sandy.

It is a robust, heavily branched shrub or small tree up to 8 m high with a thick, corky trunk, rarely straight, of great character.

Flowering/fruiting The yellow-green flowers appear in autumn and early winter.

Location in Garden

You can see it in Bed 154 in the Banksia Garden or in Bed 15 in the Connections Garden.


Wallum is the Aboriginal name for this species and it is now applied to the habitat in which this species occurs.

This is an excellent species to plant in your garden if you want to add some ‘Australian’ flavour. Choose a site with enough room, good drainage and full sun, and remember to give it some additional water during dry periods. The flowers are much appreciated by honey eating and insectivorous birds.

This species is very similar to Banksia serrata, the saw banksia, but can be easily differentiated because of the wallum banksia's enormous woody follicles - as can be seen in the photograph. 



Banksia aemula

Banksia aemula