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.

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
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen
Special Uses:Cut flower






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


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.