Schnapper Point Hairpin Banksia
Looking almost like a low growing conifer until it is in flower, the Schnapper Point Hairpin Banksia is one of the hardier banksia species and an improved selection of the species. Lower growing, reaching only 2-4 feet in height and spreading out by 3-5 feet, this will make an eye catching low shrub or groundcover in a sunny spot with well draining soil. Place next to a path so you can admire the wild, otherworldly large protea “corncob candlesticks” that emerge in fall through winter. Flowers are very showy and attract many a pollinator! No phosphorous and well draining soil are a must with this one.
Latin Name: Banksia spinulosa ‘Schnapper Point’
Site and Soil: Full sun and very well-drained soil. Very drought tolerant once established and it will need little to no supplemental watering during the summer season, though a bit of summer water speeds growth when young.
Hardiness: Hardy to approx. 15º F, possibly lower with great drainage.
Size at Maturity: 2-4 ft. in height by 3-5 ft. wide
Bloom Time: early spring through summer every decade or so
Pests & Diseases: Not bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 8b/9a