Corymbia calophylla

Marri, Red Gum

A recognizable West Australian native with its thick trunk and dense canopy of deep green leaves.

Features: Showy flowers. Deeply textured bark. Attractive, dense canopy.
Applications: Shade tree. Parks, open spaces, golf courses.
Description The Marri is closely related to the Red-flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) but is generally much larger, with a thicker trunk, white or pink flowers and larger nuts (fruits). It is found through varying regions in the southwest of WA and as such can tolerate wide-ranging soil types and sites. Flowers arrive in late summer often in profuse and showy displays. The Marri has been used to great effect around Perth; its mature size suiting its use in parks, golf courses and other open spaces.
Availability: Torbay : In production
Mature height: 20-40
Mature spread: 10-20
Canopy: Wide, irregular dome. Moderately dense shade.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: Natural variation means that flower colour difficult to guarantee until the tree first flowers.
Tolerances: Frost tolerant when established. Various soil types. Quite tolerant of seasonal standing water. Resistant to phytopthora.
Sun demands: Best in full sun but can tolerate some shade
Soil demands: Tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soils.
Water demands: Low
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Native or Exotic: Native
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Myrtaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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