Xanthostemon chrysanthus – Golden Penda

A spectacular golden flowering rainforest tree, it grows to 10 to 15 metres tall in the wild, but less in cultivation. Great for frost free large gardens and parks, it can be grown in cooler temperate areas but flowering may be erratic and the plant will be less vigorous. The trusses of flowers are borne in summer and autumn, and are good for nectar feeding wildlife. The foliage is attractive when the tree is not flowering, with the leaves being large and glossy. Best in sunny spot in well drained and moist soils. It can be pruned to shrub size if desired.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Xanthostemon chrysanthus
Common Name:Golden Penda
Plant Type:Small tree
Height:10 ~ 15 metres
Width:6 ~ 12 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Gold
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Street tree, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
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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