Wet coastal areas through to dry out-reaches of the eastern states of Australia.
Evergreen tree becoming semi deciduous in colder a
20m x 10m (may vary depending on location and environment)
Erect tree with a clear straight trunk, dome shaped crown.
The leaves are very unusual having many varying styles. They vary from simple and pointed to a 3 - 9 lobed palmate leaf.
Small bell shape flowers that may vary in colour from white to pale pink through to deep reds.
Seeds are borne within woody, boat-shaped Pods 5 -7 cm long. They contain sharp fiberglass like hairs which may severely irrigate skin and eyes.
Bark / Trunk:
Straight clear trunk that may become robust in drier areas as it stores water in case of drought.
Vigour / Longevity:
Grows fairly fast when young. Depending on availability of water, the tree may live to over 80 – 100 years, even older in some situations.
Full sun to semi shade, tolerates exposed sites.
Tolerates snow and temperatures cold down to – 5°C. Drought tolerant and moderately damp areas but not prolonged inundation.
Soil / Drainage:
Well-drained soil is preferable. They will grow in heavier soils, but not heavy clays.
Prune to shape.
Tolerant of dry periods. Over watering should be avoided.
Slow release fertilizer is recommended.
Pests / Diseases:
Borer when young and canker.
The ability to tolerate extreme conditions makes it popular as a street tree in dry areas; also used in many native gardens as a feature tree. The Aboriginals used this tree for many purposes from the leaves to the edible seed and even the bark, during droughts farmers have used the tree for fodder.
© Text reproduced here with the kind permission of Tony Wilson and Barck Books.