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Products > Aphanopetalum resinosum 'Gossamer Wings'
Aphanopetalum resinosum 'Gossamer Wings' - Shiny-leaved Gum Vine

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Cunoniaceae
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Greenish White
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aphanopetalum resinosum (Shiny-leaved Gum Vine) - This twining climber is endemic to moist forest areas of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. It grows in elongated spirals as an unsupported low shrub to 2 feet tall or climbs to 6 feet or more with support and has attractive 2 to 3 inch long dark green glossy leaves that are opposite each other along dark red-brown stems covered with resinous dots (lenticels). In spring, emerging from the leaf axils, loose panicles of 1/2 inch wide pale greenish cream-colored flowers composed of 4 spreading sepals, absent of any petals. These sepals enlarge and enclose the developing fruit, which is also an attractive feature. Plant in a lightly to deeply shaded area in a rich well-drained soil and give regular to occasional irrigation. Hardy to 15 to 20F. Can be cut back hard to reinvigorate plant. This is a useful low-growing foliage plant or small climber for shaded spots in the garden and as a bonus has attractive flowers and fruit. It also makes a good hanging specimen plant in a large container or basket. This species comes from the Australian states of Queensland and New South Wales, where it grows in coastal rainforests. This plant was previously placed in the Cunnoniaceae but now placed in its own family the Aphanopetalaceae. The name Aphanopetalum comes from the latin 'aphanes' meaning "invisible" and 'petalon' meaning "petal" and refers to minute or absent petals. The specific epithet resinosum is in reference to the resinous stems. Part of the the UCSC Koala Blooms Australian Plant Introduction Program.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Aphanopetalum 'Gossamer Wings'.