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Corymbia ficifolia 'Wildfire' (Flowering Gum)

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Plant description

Corymbia ficifolia Wildfire 3

Corymbia ficifolia Wildfire 2

Corymbia ficifolia Wildfire 1

Corymbia 'Wildfire' is a large shrub to small tree with large glossy dark green leaves with a light green reverse with reddish new foliage during the warmer months of the year. It is a tough, hardy tree, with an outstanding display of brilliant red large flowers in summer to autumn. It will grow to around 6 metres tall and 4 metres wide. Prefers a well drained soil in a sunny position, but will also grow in part shade. A good screen tree, specimen plant, and is also great for street planting. Birds love the nectar rich flowers.

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: summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: 6 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: insects.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: not specified.

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