Plant of the Month — February 2004
Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson — Red-flowering Gum
Sometimes brilliant red, sometimes deep scarlet, sometimes orange through salmon pink, the flowers of this tree of the Eucalypt family are a summer spectacle. Often used as a park or street tree, Corymbia ficifolia is slow growing, varying in height from 2–10m.
Its habitat encompasses a wide range of sandy soils on plains and slopes and it occurs from Jurien to Esperance. Ideal as a small garden tree, Corymbia ficifolia is much-favoured by nectar-loving birds.
Because of its beauty and adaptability, it is available from most retail nursery outlets and is grown in many places throughout Australia. It is also a popular specimen tree around the world, particularly in areas with a Mediterranean climate.
Photo: M. Seale
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