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The Dorrigo Waratah, Alloxylon pinnatum, is a very attractive small tree with its dark green glossy leaves and large red wheel-like flower heads. Can flower from spring to autumn, and will attract lots of nectar feeding birds. The flowers last well in a vase. It can be difficult to establish but give it a sheltered position in a deep, well-drained loamy soil and you will be richly rewarded. It makes a wonderful feature tree. It will grow to around 6 metres in cultivation, though it can grow to 20 metres in its natural habitat. Best in warm temperate climates, but can take light frosts.
Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 20 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres
Maximum width: 12 metres
Minimum width: 8 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds - nectar feeding.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: autumn to spring.
Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus.