One of the best gum trees for producing spectacular flowering, and a useful height as a shade tree. They can be variable when seed grown, coming in a range of colours from red, pink through to orange and white, and can have two toned flowers are well. They can also range in height from 2 metre mallee forms to 15 metre trees. If you want a known colour and height, it is best to get one of the beautiful grafted and named forms available, but seedling grown plants can give a lovely plant. If using as a street tree, the large gum nuts will need to be picked up as they drop so as not to create a tripping hazard, but this small inconvenience is worth it for the flower show, which also attracts small and large nectar loving wildlife. They are best in the southern states as humidity can be a problem for them.
|Scientific Name:||Corymbia ficifolia|
|Common Name:||Gum Tree|
|Other Common Names:||Flowering gum|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 5 metres|
|Flower Colour:||White, Cream, Red, Pink, Orange|
|Flowering Time:||All year|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Wow factor|
|Special Features:||Cut flower, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Honey producing plant|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals|
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