Hi – We found out from a native nursery that it was a case moth. Greetings Angus. Flowering gum just up and died. Flowering has been recorded in January, February, March, April, May and September. The second set of Corymbia ficifolia seeds were planted in ordinary potting soil in a 148-well tray, with a heating mat at 25°C for 24 hours per day and covered with a humidity-containing dome. They are all in great condition and have just turned 100 years. Do you think we have a reasonable chance of success? The question we have is how big is the root system? We have it built up on a ground mound about 10 inches above the surrounding ground level. Hi Mike For instance, if one desires to grow a gum tree, there are close to a thousand species to choose from ranging from sub-alpine snow gums to spectacular flowering gums from Western Australia or rainbow gums that thrive in the wet jungles of northern Australia. They’re all slightly different in both flower colour and plant height, so it’s a matter of going out and finding out what is available from your local garden retailer. Best regards But as many Eucs and Corymbia live for hundreds of years, I see no reason why yours shouldn’t keep on going. We have pruned it back hard. Am I on the right track or have you any other ideas for me. I am very concerned as to the health of one of my two Eucalyptus Ficifolia “Dwarf Orange” gums planted about 8 years ago. These gorgeous flowers attract neighbourhood attention and nectar-hungry birds. Angus, Hi I have a red flowering gum about three metres high that has just had a huge flowering episode and now the trunk is peeling all its bark off. You can trim it back. What else can we do to fix the problem? Meanwhile the RFG behind is doing fine. I live in the UK, Hi – you can by Eucalyptus and Corymbia seeds in the UK online from JungleSeeds. There could be a few reasons why this has happened. If you go to my plant search page, you can search on as many or as few terms as you like, such as height, width, frost tolerance, drain friendly, etc. The willow peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) is a remarkably adaptable species and is particularly useful in windswept coastal situations where its gnarly compact shape is beautifully complemented by the pendulous greyish foliage that has a distinctly aromatic peppermint quality. Eucalyptus ficifolia Figure 1. HI Shane – lucky you! It does need a well drained soil to thrive. Brilliant large, red, staminate flowers are displayed in massed bunches during Summer. No sign of it working yet. Could there be anything attacking the roots such as curl grub I wonder. Corymbia ficifolia Mini Red is a small rounded tree with a dense crown making an excellent feature tree. I had hessian around it for its first winter as we get a few frosts. I have not ever seen the root system become a problem but to be on the safe side keep it a few metres clear. NSW Christmas bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum) has a number of features to recommend it including the glossy trifoliate leaves, masses of tiny white flowers in spring that turn red as the petals drop off and are replaced by a red calyx as Christmas arrives. Additional Common Names. There are, however, quite a number of woody plants in the Australian flora that are commonly thought of as trees but are actually shrubs. The flowers do not have any petals, it is the many coloured stamen that give the flowers their fluffy appearance. Tree roots will travel far and wide in search of water, and if your drain pipe has even a slight leak, the roots will find it! I can send a photo if it helps. Cheers Finding the right species to use as a rootstock for different areas has become one of the key challenges for the selection and improvement of the Corymbia group, and in particular the flowering gums. deana@centurylink.net, Hi Deana One day I stopped and grabbed some seeds and went from there. Hi Shane There are lots of dead branches on this tree! How does one check for curl grub and how can it be controlled? Most red flowering gums sold on the east coast of Australia are grafted trees, where the red-flowering part is grafted on to the rootstock of a different tree. Hi, Angus, we are thinking about planting a red flowering gum. Being closer to Angophora, it was either include everything within the one genus of Eucalyptus, or split off the bloodwoods and create a separate group for them sitting in between Angophora and Eucalyptus. These are great for cut flowers to use for Christmas decorating. Most eucalyptus tree problems occur when the ground is wet. They have been looking hopeful for a few months but no flowers are blooming. Ideal for the smallest garden! Best regards The trees are about 180cm tall. Cheers Which brings me to the genetic improvement of the red flowering gum, a brilliant but unreliable species, in the genetic sense that you don’t know what you’re getting! Also root rot could cause those symptoms in which case I would treat the tree with Antirot. It is a sap sucking insect inside that froth. Corymbia ficifolia 'Wildfire' Grafted Flowering Gum. In southern Australia, from Perth across to Melbourne and up the southern coast of NSW, Corymbia ficifolia is quite a reliable species in its own right. We have Flowering red gum in our front garden planted 6 years ago from tube from Bunnings. I am having the same problem with my gum trees too. I agree with Catherine, the trees can potentially live for hundreds of years. If it’s under, then you’ll get regrowth from the understock. Please reply at your convenience and thank you for your time. Any comment would be much appreciated. my problem is that both trees are loosing their flower buds. Have a scratch around underneath the tree to see if there are any curl grubs there. Only remedy they could offer was a systemic poison like Rogor or to pick the grubs off one-by-one, I live in South Africa, I would like to start planting some eucalyptus species for our honey bees (particularly RFG). Would this have anything to do with the problem with our tree? I would appreciate any help you could give me, Hi John I have come across this a few times in some of the gardens I have worked in. © GardeningWithAngus.com.au MMXVI - All images and text copyright. Hi Natalie Can you tell me if that is normal? Do you know what could cause bud drop on these trees? Regards Chris. Hi Max and Angus, our 10 yr old, 3m flowering gum is looking like its almost on its death bed too. He watched a number of his Corymbia ficifolia die from the heat and humidity, and from the leaf spot that they tend to get when they’re grown in Sydney and further north (you can grow them but they look very ratty and not a good garden specimen). However since then (and it is still providing local possum tucker) it has developed a white frothy substance in the end branches which then drips the froth and a clear liquid substance all over the place and is quite unpleasant and unsightly. Usually you need a backhoe to get them out! Hi Lorraine Signup to receive our newsletter. Maybe one or two flowers, one here and one there! Just try and keep competition in the form of lawn away from the trees and look out for pests such as borers and curl grubs and you should have decades of pleasure to come. And it will only ever give you a rather unspectacular flower display. I would like to be sure just when is the best time to prune red flowering gum after it has flowered. The tree is about 1.5m tall. Angus. It measures 40 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 243 inches and a crown spread of 58 feet. It looks like someone has spat into the tree branches. Should all nurseries stock the required Spotted Gum or Bloodwood? Can you add citrus peel and onion skin to a worm farm video? I live in central north island nz. Can you perhaps add some comments on the nectar production on these hybrids, what type of cultivar will you recommend for the semi-desert South African climate (38’C Summers with 550 mm precipitation), in my small area Coomalbidgup , Esperance our red flowering gum buds have just started coming out , but some of the buds are shrivelling up, and my tree is looking sad, itseems to have just been a selected few ,, most are not old ,, I did find 1 small bug in a flower , grey small and a beak like nose thing ,, its very disappointing as the trees loaded with blooms to come , thank you for your help,,we are 60 k west of Esperance along the coast rd , few cliks from ocean tho, I have a Dwarf flowering red gum just wondering the height and root span will it affect the concrete pathway or the building structure can keep to 5mtrs in height. HI Angus, we have a young Summer Beauty and it has been flowering very well. Corymbia ficifolia leaf and fruit. This results in eucalyptus shallow root dangers and causes wind damage in eucalyptus among other issues. Angus, We have recently moved and have two lovely flowering gums in our front garden. Hopefully in the future, you’ll be able to find anything from a 2 metre shrub to a 15m tree to match your garden requirements. I filled hole with water before planting and then gave a bucket of seaweed mix, and watered it daily for first week, right through root ball and then three times a week for last five weeks. Good luck! That’s where I think plant breeding really does have a place in modern horticulture; to combine the outstanding features of two different species to come up with a plant that has all the right attributes to be a successful garden plant. If it is a problem now is it going to be an even bigger problem as the tree gets older and competes with surrounding plants? However if you are in southern or western Australian, then try sowing the seed in seed raising mix in shallow containers or tubes, being careful not to put too much mix on top of what is quite fine seed. Ideal for the smallest garden! Cheers Corymbia ficifolia, commonly known as the red flowering gum, is a species of small tree that is endemic to the south-west of Western Australia. One is root rot. Do I need to do anything about it? The only threat would be long term drought. Wattles are very quick growing plants that are extremely useful for providing rapid results in establishing a new garden. Hi Cedar Both species are useful for westerly aspects where they will provide summer shade yet allow in valuable winter sunshine, but be aware that the red cedar can grow to a very large height and spread, so is best for larger gardens, farms and parks. The way that they’re propagated now is by grafting onto the rootstock of a hardy member of the Corymbia group, such as the spotted gum, Corymbia maculata, or the red bloodwood, Corymbia gummifera. The strategy that he then chose was to hybridise Corymbia ficifolia, the red flowering gum from around Albany in south-west Western Australia with the swamp bloodwood, Corymbia ptychocarpa from northern Australia, which has the same spectacular terminal flowers common to all the Corymbias, but is obviously much better equipped to cope with the humidity and heat of northern Australia. of soil. Once my wife Helen and I were speeding along the edge of the Southern Ocean toward Albany, Western Australia, when she noticed a turn-off marked Ficifolia Road. Can you tell me what it is and what I can do about it? Stunning red flowers on red stems contrast brilliantly against the mid-green leaves from December through to February. A small plant from the nursery will look vastly different after a few decades, so do your homework before buying. Eucalypt seed is best germinated in spring but you could still try some now if you can keep it warm enough over the coming winter. If your tree has died [your Post is 16/6/2016] pull it up and check the root system for this white mould/fungus. Hello. Eucalypts give the Australian landscape a very distinct appearance with their characteristically pendulous, leathery foliage. Without knowing that it is a bit hard to say whether it is a problem that arrived with the trees from the nursery. So if you’ve ever planted a seedling tree and been disappointed, have another look as more new colours and forms emerge. Tree Characteristics. Sorry for the late reply. The ends of the branches where the flowers were are dieing. Since trees form the dominant part of a garden it is vital that they be selected wisely as inappropriate species can cause all sorts of problems such as falling limbs and damage to pipes and pavements, or by their large eventual size. Growing Corymbia ficifolia (Eucalyptus ficifolia) A well drained soil is essential to promote good growth, wet or clay soils are not suitable. They were initially pruned and treated and off cuts destroyed. Best regards Without flowers, marri appears very similar to Corymbia ficifolia, and both are widely grown in milder parts of New Zealand. It depends on the environment of the tree as to how big it gets both above and below ground. I enquired about trimming it back some and was told that this would only encourage multiple new growth and would possibly be bushier than now, so I’ve done nothing for the last few years with this in mind. They can be relatively short lived in comparison to other trees, but you can use this to advantage if you plant your slower growing specimen near to the faster wattle. Should we remove the spotted gum growth or go with it? We live SE Qld and the soil is rocky and quite a lot of clay. Hi Angus, Certainly prune off any suckers and pull up the ones from that are away from the trunk as well. The flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) is without doubt one of the world’s most spectacular trees when in bloom in summer. less flowers and dont seem to be getting any new leaf growth. The botanists faced the dilemma that Corymbia gums were more closely related to Angophora, both being terminal flowering and sharing some other characteristics. You may be able to help me, I planted two Summer Red hybrid eucalypts last Spring and we have had a very wet winter, I live South of Adelaide on the coast. The bark will gradually grow back and repair itself if the tree is kept healthy in other respects. They are making plenty of new growth at the moment, but on one of them all the new growth is very yellow. Angus, hi. Something like that could cause a temporary moisture stress that could cause bud drop. Nielsens Native Nursery in Brisbane also has stock from time to time. If it’s above, then you’ll get new growth coming back that you could carefully prune into a replacement. I want to grow some more red flowering gums from the seed of my tree (I know they may not turn out to be red as there are other gums in the area) When is a good time to sow the seed? Angus. What Australian Native Trees Should I Grow In The Garden? Should I let them grow or cut them off? And when I do, will it then benefit from the trimming it will get, and start producing flowers again?? You could protect the wound with hessian in the meantime to help it heal. The wattles (Acacia species) also provide some fantastically showy yet drought tolerant trees for the garden. Hello there – I have 5 beautiful red flowering gums on my property in Melbourne. What is the answer? In our front garden we do have a red flowering gum; only, it has not flowered for some years now. Perhaps try watering on some iron sulphate, say a dessertspoonful to a 10 litre watering can if you are still not getting a response to the iron chelates. Best regards The pots bounced back by late April, but were still decaying from tip to end leaf. However, I have never know the root system to grow to a size that would cause problems with pipework or foundations of that is your concern. Sorry for the delay in replying. Corymbia ficifolia is very common and popular in horticulture, widely used throughout cooler coastal southern Australia as a street tree because of its massed colourful flowers that are highly attractive to … We had thought to put them on a large mound about 0.5m high. Red Flowering Gum rarely reaches above 9 metres, and is considered a smaller tree. Before I talk about that, though, I’d like to talk about the botany and the name change from Eucalyptus ficifolia to Corymbia ficifolia. I am wondering what the life span of these trees will be as they greatly enhance the property. Re your flowering red gum, it depends on whether it’s snapped above or below the graft point. I suggest you prune it every year after flowering to keep it at the height you desire. As at January 2020, Corymbia is an accepted name at the Australian Plant Census. Cheers Plant details. Pictures Identity Taxonomic Tree List of Pests Uses List Summary. Corymbia ficifolia 'Summer Beauty' Grafted Flowering Gum. Angus. Red-Flowering Gum1 Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson2 INTRODUCTION A native of Australia, Eucalyptus ficifolia grows best on the western coast of the United States and is seldom successful in the interior (Fig. Cheers
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