Apart from Summer Red, can you suggest the next toughest for my area? Is there any guide to checking what would be an appropriate rootstock for different areas? As noted – select good young healthy specimens and endeavour to mimic the natural/preferred environment for these beautiful trees. Can only say if the plant receives morning sun, is growing in relative free draining soil, and there are no shoots from the root stock ie below the graft and it has regular watering then it should flower . Hi Angus In my own garden, as a professional, I know what to look for in a plant that needs water – clients often don’t. Hi Angus, Thanks, Hi, I have a 10 year old red flowing gum located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney which has become very spindly. Am I going to lose the whole big tree or is there anyway I can try and save it please? Note: Please check stock availability by contacting our office or refer to our Availability List on the Products page. Placing a good quality plant into a soil that does not get waterlogged at any stage plus regular pruning each year after flowering to maintain good vegetative vigour correlates with much better performance from my observations. Don’t add any more soil over its root zone as this can cause fungal problems around the base of the trunk from moisture build-up and will also suffocate the main growing roots near the surface. I can send you pictures of the plant if it would help. Does not look good for a long term recovery and my only suggestion is to give the plant a long, deep drink and hope you flush the fertiliser away from the roots. The gum trees are really amazing and very beautiful! Question From: in Blackburn Sth, Blackburn Sth Victoria…, Question From: in San Diego, San Diego International…, Question From: in Ashmore , Ashmore Queensland Nature…, Question From: in Northgate, Brisbane Queensland Nature of…. The unfortunate issue is that gardeners, particularly new gardeners, become disillusioned when they have large plant losses. Water and feed well while establishing and prune after flowering to maintain a bushy habit. If the plant is stressed as mine is at present they send out copious shoots from the root stock as mine is doing weekly. The heaviness of the buds are then dragging the branches down. Thanks Michael, some good horticultural common sense there. I planted a dwarf flowering gum planted about three years ago and it has not flowered at all. I planted a Summer Red grafted tree 3 years ago in full sun and with ample water. Just recently it is also showing an orangy burnt look on the new leaves. Dynamic Lifter is not a good fertilizer for natives – do not use! They make a variety of organic products to suit and also have a stockist list. As far as I know they need full sun if possible. I initially thought by doing this, the gum would have similar climate patterns and environmental factors. 1). Thanks Jeff, yes it is lack of water I suspect and the dynamic lifter hasn’t helped. I purchased the fertiliser direct from the Eco Organic Garden website. Don’t forget that E. Ficifolia naturally grow stronger in the SW corner of WA and the annual rainfall is 1200mm and higher. Visit us today for the widest range of Native Tree & Shrub products. Escapees from aviaries have also settled happily in Perth. Very challenging but good horticultural information absolute necessity along with constant care in line with growing conditions. It has new buds but is not as compact as years in the past. First of all the healthy one went from one stake to two, but now I see three should be used, and that would be correct (viewing comment above) as I’ve just noticed that the tree (which is about 2m high With a not very thick trunk) is really, really bendy when pushed in the direction of no stake. is to be wary of plants coming from southern nurseries or plants which grow well in Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth. I would not give it any more fertilizer. I also took a look around my area to see if someone else was growing a dwarf orange. Bird attracting bright red flowers from December to March, and the grafting guarantees flower colour. The plant was supported with hessian straps & lightly mulched. A coarse mulch lets through enough oxygen and conserves some soil moisture. A fertilizer burn can also occur if the plants dry out in the pot because this concentrates whatever fertilizer is there. This applies to native and exotic plants. They were growing into really nice specimens. The tree didn’t flower last summer but started to form flower pods about 4-6 weeks ago, which seems a little unseasonal. Also known as the Scarlet Flowering Gum is named as the most spectacular of all the eucalyptus. It had been doing ok… flowering occasionally but had shoots from the graft that I would remove when I noticed them. I live in South Gippsland, Vic, and we, alone, have such diverse soil and climactic conditions. As much as I love the colour and bird life it bought to the garden, I don’t think I will risk another one. I do know the soil where I planted it, is extremely free draining, however I have been told it doesn’t like humidity. Im hoping they get put up on this website as I’m proud regards Lee, Love the apricot one. This year it is completely covered with buds and is about to flower. Too much can be detrimental I have found. It produces numerous branches which form a dense canopy. Description: smaller than most grafted flowering gums, this gorgeous tree flowers all summer long with huge heads of bright orange blossom, followed by showy gum nuts, and a repeat flowering in autumn. At first I thought this was an insect however on closer inspection it was drawing nectar from the scaevola flowers. With these new grafted varieties and dwarf cultivars of the red flowering gum are becoming available, and these classic plants are now hardier and more reliable in a wider range of climates. Also wondering if it is being affected by radiant heat from shed. The first time, I put too strong fertiliser in the hole that the plant went in. [Postscript – GardenDrum reader Jeff Howes in Sydney has kindly sent in a photo of his red-flowering marrii from Western Australia, Eucalyptus calophylla var ficifolia – see Jeff’s comments below about growing this as an alternative to a grafted form. Perhaps we should be concentrating on the moisture requirements of the tree above the graft and not below the graft? Help… In Morayfield just north of Brisbane. When I discussed my plans to have a site cleared and planted with native plants with the landscaper, I wanted two things one a flowering gum and two an experiment – Hakea Laurina. That is a hard one to give an answer to. A scrub turkey has taken upon itself to shift all of our mulch around the garden and I have noticed an increased pile of it under the tree. Iridescent orange, pink and red gum flowers are the must-have plants for summer, bringing in flocks of nectar feeding parrots into your garden. Last week the tapes had broken so I removed the stake. Fairy Floss and Wildfire have succumbed too many times. They are taking a long time to bud and are getting larger and some are dropping. Its flowers are spectacular, and it can be tried as a container plant I have been known to walk off and leave the hose running, forgetting it’s there and returning 2 hours later. Topsoil and manure were added before planting. Grafting may resolve root issues, but it does not resolve foliar growth issues, particularly impacts of seasonal rainfall, day length, light quality etc. Whatever you do, have at least one gum tree in your garden. I think the best time to plant natives is April/May. Someone who lives just down the road from me is also growing the dwarf orange – would be about 3 years old now. Grafted onto dwarfing rootstock, this small growing tree has all the attributes of a full sized Corymbia ficifolia in a smaller sized tree. I await your reply with interest. New growth would appear, but then it would not grow. Lee from Sydney you have more than got that right, I am still working hard with my gums and I’ve at least got the best thing thing working. Seriously, it is so good that the posties knock on the door to ask what the tree is. If you are looking for a flowering tree with a difference then Corymbia Ficifolia (formerly Eucalyptus Ficifolia) is the well known red flowering gum tree from Australia. Not sure if it is the compost I placed around it a month or 2 back. Thanks Jennifer, I’ll get on to that site and order some. Middle-aged Red-Flowering Gum. You could send it to me at info@GardenDrum.com. I thought I would have difficulty maintaining a new native garden at just over 250 msq in size given it was February and I could only take this time as the landscaper was very busy, however the plants established really well before summer 2016/2017. A medium sized tree that has rough bark, lance-shaped foliage and a spreading crown. Adapts well to most soil types providing they are well drained. I’ve only ever had two grafted dwarf gums, both planted in the ground soon after purchase when they were around 30 cm. It kept sprouting new leaves for a while but they’d get less than a centimetre long then turn black. It features green grey leaves, which are surrounded by pink, red and cream flowers from Autumn to Summer. BTW, what is the name of the cultivar above with the lovely apricot flowers? Eucalyptus Gum Trees or now also known as Corymbia are the quintessential Australian native tree. In late spring or summer large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers appear, followed by big, urn-shaped, woody fruit. It can have a considerable spread depending on its form, some rounding out at over 5 metres. They also had big root systems for these pots i.e. Hi Lee again got a new phone wondered if you’d be interested in seeing a few snaps old time last suppose finally getting up to date I’ll try and enclose regards lee. good luck. It’s against our back (north) fence, but the top of the tree peeks over the fence so gets plenty of sun. If you visit their site they have an information page in regards to their grafted gums. Hi Jennifer – I’d love to see a photo of your flowering gum! Many have irregular shaped canopies. Thanks you for the post! ], Eucalyptus calophylla var ficifolia, a WA marrii. Hence my observation about plants needing adequate water till established. These hybrids are grafted, so when you buy one you know exactly what colour the flowers will be. This is a tough and compact Australian native which puts on a brilliant display of fiery red flowers throughout the summer months, providing an abundance of food for nectar loving birds. I often help with garden clinics, and grafted Eucalyptus, principally ‘Summer Red’, ‘Summer Pink’ and ‘Summer Orange’ are frequently brought in by upset gardeners. Red-flowering gums are featured in the March edition of the Burke’s Backyard magazine, available at newsagents for $4.60. Just making my small contribution, I hope if it helps. In late spring or summer large clusters of scarlet to orange flowers appear, followed by big, urn-shaped, woody fruit. Kind regards and thanks again, Kerry. It’s a beautiful young tree that was quite expensive so we’re keen to find out what’s causing the problem. If you try with seed from your own tree you would need to germinate a lot of seed and assess them for form and flowering before you planted one out in an important spot in your garden. Did the leaves change colour at all? Sounds like something I should invest in. Very interesting article! I think it may die. The species is best suited to temperate districts with low summer rainfall and humidity. C.ficifolia “Lollypops” – Will reach around 5m and has dusky pink flowers. I was wondering if I would be able to grow them in a pot instead so I can keep the water up for them? Mr Kerry Pritchard. I have a dwarf orange flowering gum, planted in the first week of Feb this year which I purchased from my local native nursery in Sydney. I don’t know whether to risk another one or not. They are almost impossible to propagate routinely by cuttings and so grafting makes it possible to routinely multiply a superior selection. For fear of watering it to death, I stopped daily watering after 2 weeks, then watered as required. regards Catherine Stewart, GardenDrum creator/curator/editor. However it could be because it’s been staked too tightly to protect the graft point, like Jennifer’s problem in the comment above. Both appearing to die on the fresh buds for some reason, could it have water shortage? Upon my observation I have seen a wonderful mini Eco environment developing. Don’s Expert Answers: Can BBQ smoke effect a Flame Vine which is on a fence approx 3 feet above the bbq plate? Hi Angus, Hi Mohandas Everything was fine, it flowered and then about 2 weeks ago, after being in the ground for 4 weeks, it is dying from the bottom up. It has a restricted distribution in the wild but is one of the most commonly planted ornamental eucalypts. I also planted the tree in a hollow, not realising that ideally it should be planed on a mound. All of the rootstocks seem to be me to rather large trees so I am a bit confused by the term ‘dwarf’ used to describe some varieties. I am so excited, I feel like a child in a candy store. Dark green leaves with coppery-bronze new growth. Flowering gum 'Summer Red'. 20 or so years old, as you can image, the soil was pretty starved and in need of some TLC. Healthy grafted Corymbia ‘Wildfire’ tree in streetscape. Scarlet red flowers in summer. I would advise to keeping the water up to the plant for the first few years so the top growth draws enough moisture from the root stock and hence strengthens the graft. Just water well. Planted a Baby Scarlet about 2 months ago. If the burnt leaves appeared after the fertilizing then it may have been too much. It was really disappointing as it was a gift after l had my first baby. Many thanks, Would really appreciate any advice. These were pretty hardy plants a Lomandra Tanika and Leptospermum shore tuff – pesky things. So what have I learnt. Dwarf red-flowering gum. It was a mini red Melissa King Norwood, very contradictory on the label stating moist well drained soil and also a sign saying it tolerates dryness. I bought 2 Summer Reds and both died – one more or less immediately after planting, the other a few weeks later. Rainbow lorikeets have benefited enormously from contact with humans, and they are much more common now than they used to be years ago. When I need to water I insert the hose in the soil and leave for over an hour to really get some moisture down to the roots. So what if they drop a few leaves on the lawn or in the pool. Height: 2.5 metres. Sunset is currently covered in tiny buds. Some are looking great (maybe 10%?? SO there are alternatives, in Sydney to the somewhat unreliable grafted plants.

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