Red-flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia
Location: Botanical Gardens
Significance: Large specimen
More than 65 years old, this Australian native is a larger-than-usual specimen and may be a hybrid between Corymbia ficifolia and Corymbia calophylla, which are very similar in appearance. The seed capsules are almost indistinguishable between the two species.
Napier's Botanical Garden provides its preferred growing conditions - a coastal location, full sun, well-drained soil and no frosts.
Many regard the Red-flowering Gum as the most attractive of all the flowering eucalypts. It produces large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers in late spring to summer and pitcher-shaped nuts.