Ceratopetalum gummiferum ‘Alberys Red’ – NSW Christmas Bush

An outstanding form of NSW Christmas Bush with very bright red flowers on a compact large shrub to small tree. Prune about 30% off straight after flowering for best results. A great feature plant and cut flower. Tolerates light frosts and some dry spells. Grow in a sunny spot to part shade, needs well drained soil. Plant in raised beds if your soil is not free draining.

Scientific Name:Ceratopetalum gummiferum
Cultivar:Alberys Red
Common Name:NSW Christmas Bush
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:4 ~ 5 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:White, Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.