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Red flowering gum in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Corymbia ficifolia syn. Eucalyptus ficifolia

 

Red flowering gum

Unmistakable in appearance, the Eucalyptus is commonly thought of as a tree with grey-green leaves, an open head, and often bark which, on trees of 5+ years, is shredded annually. However some species are in fact shrubs. Juvenile plants produce round or oval leaves, much used in flower arrangements. Older plants produce lance shaped leaves. Most species are tender however some can tolerate light frost and others, temperatures as low as -20C. All are thirsty plants, fast-growing, and aromatic. Corymbia ficifolia, formerly known as Eucalyptus ficifolia. It is an evergreen tree that will grow rapidly to 5 metres with an open branching habit forming a dense rounded canopy supported on multiple, branched trunks.

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plant Features
  • Red flowering gum likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Red flowering gum likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

  • Red flowering gum is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Red flowering gum likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Red flowering gum

Latin name

Corymbia ficifolia syn. Eucalyptus ficifolia

type

Evergreen Trees or Shrubs

family

Myrtaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Red flowering gum likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Red flowering gum is frost hardy: 23f (-5°c)

    Frost Hardy: 23F (-5°C)

  • Soil

    Red flowering gum likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Red flowering gum likes frequent watering

    Frequent watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Red flowering gum is 2.80meters x 5.00meters 2.80 M 5.00 M

Corymbia ficifolia syn. Eucalyptus ficifolia

Unmistakable in appearance, the Eucalyptus is commonly thought of as a tree with grey-green leaves, an open head, and often bark which, on trees of 5+ years, is shredded annually. However some species are in fact shrubs. Juvenile plants produce round or oval leaves, much used in flower arrangements. Older plants produce lance shaped leaves. Most species are tender however some can tolerate light frost and others, temperatures as low as -20C. All are thirsty plants, fast-growing, and aromatic. Corymbia ficifolia, formerly known as Eucalyptus ficifolia. It is an evergreen tree that will grow rapidly to 5 metres with an open branching habit forming a dense rounded canopy supported on multiple, branched trunks.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

It is unwise to plant eucalyptus too close to buildings, walls, underground drains etc. Full sun is essential and moist but well drained soil is preferred. Where possible, plant young plants in a site protected from cold winds. A deep mulch around the base of the plant helps prevent the soil from freezing. Don't incorporate manure in the planting hole as this will encourage excessive leaf growth.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Eucalyptus cuttings do not strike thus they should be propagated from seed. Sow seeds in containers in early spring and plant out the seedlings in mid-summer with as little root disturbance as possible.

 
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