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Products > Eucalyptus forrestiana
Eucalyptus forrestiana - Fuchsia Flowering Gum

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 15-20 feet
Width: 10-15 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Eucalyptus forrestiana (Fuchsia Gum) - A slender, somewhat sparsely foliaged small tree that grows to 15-20 ft. tall with summer pealing bark that exposes a smooth mottled grey surface. It has 2 1/2 to 3 inch long narrow lanceolate leaves are a dark olive green color. In summer it has large red pendulous squared bell-like buds that open to display the yellow stamens and are followed by four-angled, winged fruit. Plant in full sun and irrigate little once established in our mediterranean climate. It is hardy to short duration temperatures down to about 20 degrees F. This is an excellent ornamental small tree with attractive flowers and is resistant to both drought and frost. This small tree, also called a mallet in Australia, is endemic to an area near Esperance, Western Australia. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'eu' meaning "well" and 'kalypto' meaning 'to cover' as with a lid and an allusion to the united calyx-lobes and petals that is called an operculum that forms a lid or cap that is shed when the flowers open. The specific epithet honors the Australian explorer and botanical collector Sir John Forrest who became the first Premier of Western Australia. It has also been commonly called Fuchsia Flowering Gum and Fuchsia Mallee This tree was reportedly introduced into cultivation in California in 1942 by Hugh Evans at his Evans and Reeves Nursery in West Los Angeles. We first listed it in our 1982 catalog and after a long hiatus are growing it again thanks to Jo O'Connell of Australian Native Plant Nursery, who produced a nice seedling crop for us in 2021. The accompanying picture courtesy of Jo O'Connell.  The information provided on this webpage is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library and that information that we have found about it on reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations in our nursery of crops of this plant, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information aiding others in growing Eucalyptus forrestiana.