Ceratopetalum gummiferum ‘White Christmas’ – NSW Christmas Bush

This is a white calyx version of the popular NSW Christmas bush, which grows to a similar height and width as the red varieties. Like the red ones, this large shrub to small tree is suitable for average gardens, likes a well drained soil and does best among other shrubs and trees which give some shelter to the plant. It can be tender to heavier frosts while young, but can survive these if given some protection, and can then thrive in cold places like Canberra most successfully. Grows to around 6 metres tall and 3 metres wide eventually, but it responds well to pruning and can be shaped to size. It flowers around Christmas time, and regular spring fertilising will encourage generous flowering….use a good native fertilizer and water in well afterwards to avoid leaf or root burn.

Family:Cunoniaceae
Scientific Name:Ceratopetalum gummiferum
Cultivar:White Christmas
Common Name:NSW Christmas Bush
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:5 ~ 8 metres
Width:2 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen
Special Uses:Cut flower

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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