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Mr Fothergill's Red Flowering Gum
Corymbia ficifolia - Red Flowering Gum
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Formerly listed as a Eucalypt, many will recognise the beautiful red flowers from Australian Christmas-time bouquets where the blooms make a stunning and distinctive addition to the table. The trees are also widely used as hardy street trees where they reach 12-15m. The beautiful glossy foliage provides shade and summertime protection and even the bark is attractive.

Colour — Red
Growth Height — 7m
Flower Colour — Red
Flowering Period — Summer, Spring
Light Requirements — Full sun
Soil Requirements — Sandy soil, Well drained soil
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Planting Advice

Sow in warm areas anytime. In frost prone areas when danger of frost is over. Fill 10cm pots with moist sandy soil, wet thoroughly and compress. Sow one seed flat on its side in each pot and cover lightly with soil mix to the thickness of the seed. It is beneficial to add Wildflower Seed Starter granules to soil surface. Keep moist. Place in warm shady position to germinate. Protect from slugs and snails. Water regularly until about 20cm high then transplant to permanent position. Water in well and then weekly until established. Responds well to hard pruning.

Watering needs

Water in well and regularly until established. Water weekly in dry weather.

Pruning Advice

This plant responds well to hard pruning.