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Characteristics: Variable tree 10-40 m spread 5-8 m
Seeds per packet: 200
Attractive large fast growing evergreen tree with dainty white fragment flowers with decorative fluffy stamen bundles in summer make a good contrast against lustrous large leathery dark green leaves.
Erect straight stem with rough bark at the base and smooth pinkish bark above and a densely textured crown. Variable in height depending on the conditions.
Endemic to Northern New South Wales and Queensland.
Prefers a light to heavy soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Note: LOPHOSTEMON confertus was previously known as TRISTANIA conferta before it was transferred to the genus Lophostemon.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, 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.