Corymbia ficifolia

Red-flowering Gum

A useful small to medium-sized native tree known for its impressive flowers.

Features: Versatility in use - widely tolerant. Bundles of striking flowers. Bird-attracting.
Applications: Streetscapes; street, median and verge plantings. Feature tree in gardens and landscapes
Description Seen in streetscapes as median plantings, street trees and verges or seen in gardens and landscapes as feature trees, the combined hardiness, smaller size and late-summer flowers make the Red-flowering gum a versatile tree. Flowers are usually red but may be pink, crimson or orange and occur in striking massed bundles that attract various birds. The tree is typically robust enough to readily cope with the rigours of urban environments and is also well suited to its native south-west. Torbay Treefarmers sells Red-flowering gums in various colours (eg red, orange etc) but flowers may not first appear until the tree is five years or older and are widely notorious for colour variation. The Red-flowering gum is a close relative of the Marri (Cor. calophylla) but usually has darker, coarser bark, flowers more profusely (the Marri's flowers are often white or pink) and does not achieve the Marri's larger natural size.
Availability: Torbay : In production, 25L, 45L
Mature height: 3-10
Mature spread: 2-5
Canopy: Rounded, moderately dense. Moderately dense shade.
Growth rate: Fast initially, slowing later.
Cautions: Natural variation means that flower colour difficult to guarantee until the tree first flowers.
Tolerances: Copes with urban environments - mild compaction, air pollution. Drought tolerant. Resistant to phytopthora.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade
Soil demands: Most well-drained soil types
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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