Coastal slopes of Eastern Australia
Evergreen, semi-deciduous, or deciduous tree. This
Usually a single trunked tree with a conical crown.
Alternate, extremely variable to 300mm long, lanceolate / elliptic or three to seven times palmately lobed, shiny dark green, turning brown before falling.
Apetalous, the calyx (of fused sepals) campanulate with five lobes, 20mm x I5mm, bright scarlet, in terminal and axillary clusters (panicles) on bright scarlet individual flower stems (pedicels) and the supporting flower stems (peduncles). Main flowering spring and early summer. Flowering times and the amount of flowers produced can be very variable.
A cluster of woody boat shaped follicles, 70 - 100mm long
Bark / Trunk:
Smooth grey bark
Vigour / Longevity:
Slow becoming moderately vigorous, long lived
Full sun for best flowering and habit.
Drought tolerant, frost tender, Phytophthom cinnamomi tolerant.
Soil / Drainage:
Prefers well drained fertile soils, very hardy, grows in sandy soils and clays with moderate drainage.
Train to a single leader.
Water in dry weather to keep vigorous and to promote more flowers.
Fertilise with complete native plant fertilisers, or liquid organic fertilisers during the growing season until established.
Pests / Diseases:
Kurrajong Leaf Tier Caterpillar in dry areas.
Flowering shade tree, street tree, native gardens, flower colour contrast tree - often with Jacaranda mimosifolia and Grevillea robusta.
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