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Alloxylon pinnatum (Dorrigo Waratah)

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Helpful articles

Microclimates in your garden. Did you know your whole garden may be a microclimate that allows you to grow plants that would not thrive on the other side of the street? Read this article to learn more.

Ground covers.

Dealing with possums in the garden.

Australian Native Orchids. Native orchids range from the spectacular epiphytic (growing on trees) and lithophytic (growing on rocks) species of the tropical jungles and warmer areas of Australia, to the intricately subtle terrestrial (growing in the ground) species found throughout the dry eucalypts forests throughout the continent.

Plant description

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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.

Further reading: Australian Native Trees and Top Gum Trees for Gardens (articles written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer

Scent

nil

Plant size

Maximum height: 20 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres

Maximum width: 12 metres
Minimum width: 8 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Birds - nectar feeding.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: autumn to spring.

Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus.

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