Thursday, 27 February 2014

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 65 - FUCHSIA GUM

Eucalyptus forrestiana, commonly known as Fuchsia Gum, Forrest's Mallee or Forrest's Marlock, is a small tree which occurs in an area near Esperance in Western Australia. It was named after George Forrest (1873-1932).

It is a mallee Eucalyptus with smooth bark and grows to between 1.5 and to 6 metres in height. It has bright red buds and yellow flowers which appear between summer and winter. Two closely related species, E. dolichorhyncha and E. stoatei, have been treated as subspecies in the past.

It is a pretty multi-stemmed native tree with a dark green canopy and smooth grey bark. It produces brilliant flowers in summer that are red caps and yellow flowers in summer and winter. Great as a streetscape tree or suited to a garden, adding colour and drama. It prefers well-drained sandy soils. It is drought and frost tolerant and copes with limited waterlogging. Flowers and fruit are useful as cut flowers.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.





3 comments:

  1. Oh how marvelous and interesting! Do they form a fruit once they have bloomed or just a pod for the minute seeds - at least all the gum trees here in SoCal have tiny, tiny seeds. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Ah, you've answered my questions in the text. Too busy looking at the photos - grin.

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  3. Wonderful shots! Love those gorgeous flowers.

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