Eucalyptus erythrocorys
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Red Cap Gum
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Origin: Australia (Western Australia)

©Street Tree Division
City of Los Angeles - Department of Public Works
Bureau of Street Services

Species characteristics:
Form - Evergreen. Moderate growth rate, strong small tree, to 25' and nearly as wide.

Trunk - Thin tan bark which flakes from the white undersurface. The younger branches are not round, but have a unique ridge.

Foliage - Thick, 4 - 7" long deep green, shiny and leathery lance-shaped leaves. Mature leaves are opposite, which is rare in eucalypts.

Flowers/fruit - Very attractive, large, 4 lobed, scarlet bud caps with 2" yellow flowers in showy clusters. Blooms almost year round with reavy bloom from fall to spring. Large seed capsules, 2 - 3" wide and cone shaped, can stay on trees for several years.

No significant pest problems.

Site suitability:
Sunset zones: 18 - 24.

Clearances - Suitable for 2 - 3' parkways or 3 x 3' cutouts and under utility lines.

Good for streetsides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Prure to encourage branching and a single trunk. Can take lawn watering, and is drought tolerant but needs good drainage. Will tolerate moderate salinity.