Bush Candles is a compact low growing
dwarf form of Banksia spinulosa. Beautiful soft fern like foliage
and striking visible flower heads appear from late autumn through
to early spring. Bush Candles produces multiple bicoloured flowers
with black styles that contrast against a golden floral cylindrical
shaped flower giving it a candle like appearance. The striking
nectar-filled blooms are also bird attracting and provide food
for fauna over the winter months.
Bush Candles grows to a height of 0.45m and has a spread of
1 – 1.5m making it excellent as a specimen plant in the garden
or display pot plant. Bush Candles can be planted on mass to create
low borders. This Banksia stays fresh and compact all year round
and is excellent for second line coastal areas where height restrictions
are required for urban landscapes. Bush Candles grows best in
full sun to part shade preferably facing an easterly aspect; and
is adaptable to most well drained soils. This small compact shrub
requires little or no maintenance once established.
Bush Candles flower colour sets it apart from the other selected
forms of Banksia spinulosa. Banksia
spinulosa forms such as Banksia Birthday Candles, Banksia Cherry
Candles, Banksia Coastal Cushion and Banksia Honeypots are excellent
to combine to create variation in the landscape.