Tristaniopsis laurina, the Water Gum, is a large shrub to small tree, from 5 to 15 metres tall. It bears profuse yellow flowers in summer. It is attractive and compact, and is good for street plantings, for screening, or a specimen plant. This is a low maintenance plant. May be troubled by scale, whch are easily controlled by white oil spray.
The Watergum does well on most soils. It likes moderate levels of watering. Tolerates light shade, but likes a sunny position. Can be pruned to shape.
|Scientific Name:||Tristaniopsis laurina|
|Common Name:||Water Gum|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large tree|
|Height:||5 ~ 15 metres|
|Width:||3 ~ 6 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Street tree, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.