Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden




Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Fawcett's Pink'

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May

Common name mugga, red ironbark
Scientific name Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Fawcett's Pink' 
Family  Myrtaceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek, eu, well; and calyptos, covered; referring to the cap which covers the developing flowers.

Species: From Greek, sideros, iron; and xylon, wood; referring to  having very hard wood.

Distribution They occur naturally from the Carnarvon Range in Queensland, through inland New South Wales to northeastern Victoria.
Native habitat In open forest usually in poor clayey or stony soils on gentle slopes.
Description

Tree to 10-30 m tall, the flowers can be white, pink, red or pale yellow - this is a pink flowering form.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers during winter.

Location in Garden

At the old front entrance off Mount Annan Drive.

 

This species is popular in cultivation, although it can be a little too big for most backyards.  The attractive red bark on the young trees eventually ages to a striking red/black which constrasts well with the blue-grey foliage. The flowers attract nectar feeding birds and even when not in flower, the bark and leaves will provide year round interest. 

 

 

 

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Fawcett's Pink'