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Products > Eucalyptus [Corymbia] ficifolia
 
Eucalyptus [Corymbia] ficifolia - Red-flowering Gum
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Corymbia ficifolia]
Height: 25-40 feet
Width: 25-40 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Eucalyptus ficifolia [Corymbia ficifolia] (Red-flowering Gum) - A popular tree for its bountiful red (or orange, pink or even white!) flower clusters that bloom sporadically throughout the year. This compact-crowned evergreen tree grows to 25-40 feet tall and as wide. After the bloom, the weight of the many seed pods left on the tree can make the branches bend, so it is suggested that the pods be cut off. It is seaside and drought tolerant. It is hardy to about 25 degrees F. The genus Eucalyptus has gone through a major revision and botanists now consider the proper name for this plant to be Corymbia ficifolia. As the plant has been a common landscape plant in California we continue to list it under its older name until such time as general recognition for the name Corymbia ficifolia has been accepted. Other commonly cultivated gums that are now placed in the genus Corymbia, a genus of about 90 species previously considered to be in a subgenera within the genus Eucalyptus, are the Lemon Scented Gum (now Corymbia citriodora), the Spotted Gum (now Corymbia maculata).  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 Eucalyptus [Corymbia] ficifolia.
 
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