Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
Origin: Australia (Eastern)
Evergreen, broadleaf tree. Fast growth rate, 40' in height,
20' spread. Round to oval plant shape.
Simple leaf, alternate arrangement. Elliptic leaf shape, entire margins.
Coriaceous and stiff surface texture. 2 - 4" long,
1/2" wide. Dull green, juvenile foliage finely pubescent, copper colored.
Perfect; creamy, yellow-white. 2 - 3" bottle brush like spikes around
branches. Late Summer - Mid-Winter .
Dry, dehiscent, capsule. Brown in color, 1/4" in size, borne tightly along
twigs, may remain on tree for several years.
Single trunk or multi-trunk.
Distinctive, thick spongy, light brown bark peels off in sheets. EXPOSURE:
Full sun, wind, heat and aridity;
Hardiness: Sunset zones: 9, 13 - 17, 20 - 24.
Any, well drained.
Tolerates much or little water.
Chelated iron, when foliage is chlorotic.
Seed - cuttings.
Accent, background, barrier, foliage, flower , foundation planting, right
of way, screen, shade, seasonal color, specimen, and windbreak.
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