Corymbia ficifolia – Flowering Gum

One of the best gum trees for producing spectacular flowering, and a useful height as a shade tree. They can be variable when seed grown, coming in a range of colours from red, pink through to orange and white, and can have two toned flowers are well. They can also range in height from 2 metre mallee forms to 15 metre trees. If you want a known colour and height, it is best to get one of the beautiful grafted and named forms available, but seedling grown plants can give a lovely plant. If using as a street tree, the large gum nuts will need to be picked up as they drop so as not to create a tripping hazard, but this small inconvenience is worth it for the flower show, which also attracts small and large nectar loving wildlife. They are best in the southern states as humidity can be a problem for them.

Family : Myrtaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Small tree, Large tree, Large shrub
Width : 5
Flowering Time : All year
Soil Type : Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone : Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained
Special Uses : Cut flower, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Scientific Name: Corymbia ficifolia
Common Name : Gum Tree
Height : 15
Flower Color : White, Cream, Red, Pink, Orange
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan :
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Mammals