Plant of the Month — March 2011
Corymbia ficifolia (F.Muell.) K.D.Hill & L.A.S.Johnson
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 grows readily from Jurien to Esperance, but its native distribution is from the far south coast between Walpole and Albany. 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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