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Products > Angophora costata
Angophora costata - Apple Gum

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 40-50 feet
Width: 15-20 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Angophora costata (Apple Gum) - A beautiful fast growing tree that typically grows to 30 to 50 feet with a smooth trunk and multicolored bark. The bark starts each late spring a pinkish to orange color and ages to a gray-mauve color prior to peeling off unevenly each spring to expose the fresh cream to rose colored wood below. It has 6 inch long leaves that emerge a coppery red color and mature to a bright green color; the new red shoots of leaves are useful in floral displays. In late spring to early summer appears an abundant display of 1 inch wide white flowers held in large clusters. Trees grown in windy coastal sites can take on a more gnarled appearance with interesting character while those planted further inland grow more upright. Tolerates poor soil and moderate drought though best with occasional deep watering and tolerates wetter conditions as well. Hardy to 20 F, though younger trees are more frost sensitive. Reports of occasional limb drop indicate that careful placement of this tree in the landscape should be considered. In Australia, where it occurs naturally on the sandy soils and stony ridges of southern Queensland forests south into Victoria and New South Wales, this tree is commonly called Smooth-barked Apple or Sydney Red Gum. The genus Angophora is closely allied to Eucalyptus but differs in having opposite leaves, small round petals at the base of the stamens and pointed calyx lobes instead of the cap that Eucalyptus has covering its flower buds. Unlike most Eucalyptus the foliage of Angophora costata has no aroma.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Angophora costata.