Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - April
|Common name ||red-cap gum, illyarie|
|Scientific name ||Eucalyptus erythrocorys F. Muell.|
|Etymology || |
Genus: From the Greek eu, well; calyptos, covered; in reference to the flower bud which has an operculum or cap.
Species: From the Greek erythro, red
|Distribution ||Occurs in a very restricted area of south-western Western Australia on the coastal strip north of Perth from Geraldton to Shark Bay, however it is quite common within this range.|
|Native habitat ||Scrubby bushland on undulating sites, in shallow calcareous sand over coastal limestone.|
|Description || |
A small tree or stout mallee.
|Flowering/fruiting ||Summer to autumn, but also sporadically throughout the year.|
Location in Garden
To see this species at Mount Annan, just follow Cunningham Drive to the Eudesmia Arboretum on your right.
The contrasting bright yellow flowers and red bud cap, along with its small size, make this tree an outstanding specimen for the garden or a large container. It needs an alkaline soil, plenty of sunshine and good drainage.
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