Description The Showy Banksia is a large spreading shrub to four metres, or may be a small tree growing to eight metres tall. The leaves are long and narrow growing to 45 cm in length with even triangular lobes giving a prominent serrated edge. Flowers are borne in acorn-shaped yellow spikes which are about 12 cm tall. The main flowering period is summer and autumn, but flowers may be seen all year round. the fruit is a woody cone with follicles containing the seeds.
Habitat found on coastal dunes and sandplains
Distribution Banksia speciosa is found on the southern coast of Western Australia around Esperance from Fitzgerald River National Park to Israelite Bay.
Growth Characteristics Height (m): 3 - 5 Spread (m): 3 - 5 Soil Texture: sand, loam Soil pH: soils with pH less than 8 Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive Minimum Rainfall (mm): 500 Flower Colour: green Flower Season: summer, autumn