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Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
EUCALYPTUS leucoxylon ssp. megalocarpa
Red Flowering Gum
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.
10 - 3
8 - 10
H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Winter, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Pink, Rose, Ivory
White, Yellow, Rose, Gray
Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Shade Trees
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