Tristaniopsis laurina – Water Gum

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.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Tristaniopsis laurina
Common Name:Water Gum
Plant Type:Small tree, Large tree
Height:5 ~ 15 metres
Width:3 ~ 6 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow
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
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good 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

 

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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