Eucalyptus leucoxylon spp petiolaris (red flowering yellow gum) is commonly sold as 'rosea'. This variant of Eucalyptus leucoxylon has now been named Eucalyptus petiolaris and is now a distinct species.
This species only occurs on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia as a small tree growing up to around 8 metres high. This is a distinct form of the highly variable Eucalyptus leucoxylon and this selected variant develops an open spreading crown, once the tree is established. It is quite drought and lime tolerant and moderately salt tolerant and also adapts really well to wetter climates. It flowers at a time of the year when not much else is flowering thus providing a nectar source and colour.
Eucalyptus leucoxylon (red flowering yellow gum) ssp petiolaris is a popular tree for its abundance of large mainly red flowers that cover the tree in late winter and early spring. Unlike its close relatives, this species is more likely to produce flowers true to colour when planted as seedlings.
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