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Red Flowering Gum
Characteristics: Tree 15 m spread 5 m
Seeds per packet: 10
The spectacular Red flowering gum is one of the most widely cultivated of all eucalypts both in Australia and overseas.
Flowers profusely during summer and is a colourful addition to southern hemisphere gardens at Christmas time. Once established flowers will often cover the whole tree making it difficult to see the foliage.
In suitable climates the tree is moderately fast growing and may eventually reach 15 metres but is often smaller.
Eucalyptus ficifolia grows easily from seed. Native to the south of Western Australia.
Prefers a moist well-drained sandy loam in a protected sunny position, drought and frost tender.
Note: Corymbia ficifolia is one of around 80 eucalypts which were transferred in 1995 from the genus Eucalyptus to the newly created genus Corymbia. The species was formerly known as Eucalyptus ficifolia.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered to be one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long.
As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.