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Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii)

Firewood Banksia (Banksia menziesii) flower

Firewood banksia was named due to it burning quickly when being used for firewood.


It can be typically found growing in sandy soil near the coast around Perth in Western Australia.


In its tree form, it can grow to 10 metres, but as a shrub, it would not normally grow past 3 metres in height. The bark is thick and grey in colour, which does break off easily.


The green/grey leaves are long with a serrated edge like a saw. Flower spikes are a large cone shape getting as large as 10cm long and 7cm wide. Usually during winter is when the flowers will appear, and this banksia has the largest range of colours, but most commonly are the shades of red.