Tristania conferta
tris-T ANE-ee-uh kon-FUR-tuh
Losphostemon conferta

Brisbane Box, Pink or Australian Brush Box
Myrtaceae (Myrtle family)
Origin: Eastern Australia


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

Species characteristics:
Form - Evergreen. Moderate growth reaching a height of 60' or more, with a spread to 40'. More narrow and upright when young, the crown becomes broad and rounded when mature.

Trunk - Trunk and limbs have rusty brown bark that peels away to show smooth, lighter bark underneath.

Foliage - Leathery leaves are 4 - 6" long, 1 1/2 - 2 1/2" wide, simple, ovate- lanceolate or elliptical. Bright green in color, tending to cluster at branch ends.

Flowers/fruit - Fragrant flowers in clusters of 3 - 7 in summer, 1/2 - 3/4" across, white to creamy. Fruit is a woody capsule 1/2" in diameter, similar to eucalypt.

Cultivars - 'Variegata' has strong yellow green leaf markings.

No significant pest problems are known at this time.

Site suitability:

Sunset zones - 19 - 24. Sensitive to frost when young.

Clearances - Suitable for 5' minimum parkways, medians or cutouts.

Good for street sides, medians, parks and lawns.

Culture considerations:
Tolerates all soil types and high alkalinity, and from seacoast exposure to high desert conditions. Responds to water in well-drained soils when young, drought resistant when established. Sometimes needs tip pruning when young, to develop more fullness. Chlorosis may be a problem.