What a display: West Australian Red-flowering Gums!

5 Jan

A week or two ago, I decided I’d better be quick: these beautiful flowering gums were passing their prime. So I immediately grabbed the camera and hot-footed it!

Eucalyptus ficifolia, as the botanists call it, is making its presence felt in the suburbs of Sydney these days as a stunning tree, both in gardens and, increasingly, as a street specimen. We are lucky in living close to several trees: and their brilliant displays have become a summer highlight.

I believe there is also a hybrid between these West Australian Red flowering Gums and Bloodwoods, another Eucalyptus. These varieties have bronze-coloured foliage.

Whatever type you see in bloom, my bet is that you’re assured of a glorious sight.

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Red Flowering Gum

Red Flowering Gum

7 Responses to “What a display: West Australian Red-flowering Gums!”

  1. jtelusma January 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Wow… flowering gums are beautiful. Love the color, it’s so vibrant.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp January 6, 2013 at 2:08 am #

      I believe they’re also grown in parts of the U.S.. They come in a couple of shades of red.I’m glad that people are choosing to grow them nearby.

  2. Jenny Schwartz (@Jenny_Schwartz) January 6, 2013 at 12:43 am #

    Beautiful photo. I love red gums. They’re like floral fireworks.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp January 6, 2013 at 2:09 am #

      Thanks, Jenny! They are outstanding plants.

      • aabellauthor January 6, 2013 at 11:03 am #

        Oh Lovely! 🙂

  3. Linda Visman - wangiwriter April 16, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    We had one – a small sapling, but it had been planted in a bad place. I transplanted it and it died. 😦 I still wish I had just left it alone.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp April 16, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      What a shame! They are so beautiful!
      There are several lovely specimens in nearby streets, in a couple of different shades of red. A real sight for sore eyes!

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