Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
Banksia 'Giant Candles'
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May
|Common name ||-|
|Scientific name ||Banksia spinulosa x ericifolia ‘Giant Candles’|
|Etymology || |
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|
|Description || |
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.
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