Thursday, 14 January 2016

MELBOURNE STREET TREES 141 - CORYMBIA 'BABY ORANGE'

Corymbia ficifolia or the red flowering gum also known as Albany red flowering gum (previously known as Eucalyptus ficifolia) is one of the most commonly planted ornamental trees in the broader eucalyptus family. It is native to a very small area of south coastal Western Australia (measured in just tens of kilometres) to the east of Walpole (430 km Southeast of Perth), but is not considered under threat in the wild. In nature Corymbia ficifolia prefers infertile, sandy soils but it is readily adaptable to most temperate locations, provided it is not exposed to severe frost or sustained tropical damp. It is an ideal street tree as it is hardy, moderately fast growing, and rarely grows large enough to require pruning.

I was able to obtain more photos and more information about this tree, which I also featured last week: Corymbia ficifolia 'Baby Orange' is a smaller, grafted form of Corymbia ficifolia. This small Australian native tree has dark green, glossy foliage. The bark does not shed from this tree. Bright orange flowers are produced in Summer, followed by large, decorative gumnuts. This tree has a moderately fast growth rate in suitable conditions. Adapts well to most soil types providing they are well-drained. Tolerant of air-pollution and coastal conditions. Young growth can be sensitive to frost. It produces a consistent spectacular vivid orange display and uniform habit. Ideal for streetscapes, smaller gardens and urban planting.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.






1 comment:

  1. This tree is absolutely gorgeous with its red red blooms. So many blooms on one tree. Those are nice fences...especially the one in the front. The side one really does give the home privacy.

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