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EUCALYPTUS leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa

Image of Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa

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Family

Myrtaceae

Botanical Name

EUCALYPTUS leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa

Plant Common Name

Red Flowering Gum

General Description

A compact, often multi-trunked version of white ironbark eucalyptus, this rugged Australian native is an excellent tree for smaller yards where winters are mild. From winter into summer it bears shaggy, cream or pink, skirt-shaped flowers in groups of three. They stand out nicely against the glossy dark-green, lance-shaped adult leaves, which droop attractively from the slightly pendulous branches. The cup-shaped green seed capsules are relatively large. The gray outer bark sheds to reveal an irregular patchwork of yellow, white, and blue gray, which blends beautifully with the pastel tones of the flowers and leaves. Trunks of old specimens often have rough fibrous gray bark near their base. This sun-loving, cold-tender evergreen prefers good drainage, but also does well in many clay soils. Use it where its lovely bark and flowers can be appreciated relatively close at hand. It makes an ideal lawn tree.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Width

    10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Rose, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    White, Yellow, Rose, Gray

  • Bark Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No