The tree waratah is a spectacular flowering large tree from North Queensland rainforest areas. It grows to 25 metres there, but is smaller in cultivation. It has large bright red flowers in spring, displayed on the ends of the branches. It is a hardy and adaptable tree. It can be grown on a wide range of soils, and tolerates moderate frost. Fertilise with a low phosphorus native fertiliser if needed.
This plant used to be known as Oreocallis wickhmaii.
|Scientific Name:||Alloxylon flameum|
|Common Name:||Tree Waratah|
|Other Common Names:||Red Silky Oak|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||15 ~ 30 metres|
|Width:||5 ~ 10 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Windbreak, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Bird nesting plant, Fast growing|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.