Eucalyptus leucoxylon megolacarpa (Rosea)

Yellow gum, White Ironbark, Pink-flowered Yellow Gum

Small to medium native tree with clusters of pink-red flowers in late winter or spring.

Features: Reliable cream, pink or red flowers. Bird-attracting.
Applications: A feature tree in gardens, parks, landscapes and streetscapes.
Description Althought Euc. leucoxylon is available in four main sub-species, the favoured one for streetscapes, landscaping and gardens is this one - megolacarpa rosea. Similar to the Red-flowering gum native to the south-west, this eastern states variety is also known for the colour of its bloom. However, obvious points of difference include the yellow/cream/grey smooth upper bark of the megolacarpa and the different flowers (white, cream, pink or red) and leaf size, shape and habit. It is sometimes preferred to the Red-flowering gum as a more reliable source of red flowers in humid conditions.
Availability: Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 8-15
Mature spread: 6-8
Canopy: Rounded, moderately dense. Light to moderate shade.
Growth rate: Moderate
Cautions: Wide climatic tolerance but not tropical climates.
Tolerances: Drought tolerant when established. Wide range or soil types and climates are suitable.
Sun demands: Best in full sun
Soil demands: A range of soil types - sandy loam, limestone, loam or clay - but moist, well-drained soil preferred.
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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