Australian Native Nursery

Mass flowering on a dwarf sized Banksia menziesii

Banksia menziesii flowering now with different coloured flowers.

This photo is of a dwarf form of Banksia menziesii which is growing in Keysbrook in the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.  It was grown from seed that we purchased and propagated, not realising that it was a dwarf form which flowers prolifically.  There are different forms of this Banksia menziesii and it is not unusual to find ones that have yellow flowers in amongst plants with the common red/orange flower form.  However, there are even more differences to be found in Banksia woodlands,  "A vast range of distinctive colours occurs naturally - yellow-gold, cream, pale yellow, salmon-pink, dark pink-red, burgundy, bronze and chocolate".  (Banksias.  Kevin Collins, Kathy Collins & Alex GeorgeBlooming Books Pty Ltd. 2008.)

The flowers in this photo are a pink/yellow flower.

Yellow flower on a Banksia menziesii.
Orange/red flowers of Banksia menziesii.

A close-up photo of one of the flowers of the yellow flowering tree on the left.

Banksia menzeisii flowering now with different coloured flowers.

Two Banksia menziesii trees on our neighbour's block here in Oakford.  The tree on the left has yellow flowers and the tree on the right has the more common red/orange flowers.

A close-up photo of one of the flowers of the red/orange flowering tree on the right.

Banksia menziesii has two common names, Menzies' Banksia or Firewood Banksia.  It is sad to think that over the years many Banksia menziesii have been destroyed only to be used as firewood.

Banksia menziesii was named after Archibald Menzies who was a surgeon-naturalist on the Discovery expedition of 1791-1795.  The trees grow to approximately 10m high and the shrubs, as shown in the top photo, to about 3 metres high.  The trees are found naturally growing along the west coast of Western Australia from the Murchison River in the north to Pinjarra in the south.  They prefer to grow in deep sand which is the type of sand that we have here in Oakford and is also found in Keysbrook where the top photo was taken.

These trees make attractive small trees for Perth gardens or nature strips/road verges.  They are a valuable food source for birds and insects, in particular the Pygmy Possums which now, sadly, are seldom seen due to their habitat being destroyed by us for housing developments.