Corymbia ficifolia – Flowering Gum

One of the best gum trees for producing spectacular flowering, and a useful height as a shade and street 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.

Family:Myrtaceae
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
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals

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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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