Coral gum

Eucalyptus torquata

Description

The Coral gum eucalyptus is small to medium size evergreen tree with a round crown, slowly growing 20-35 ft. tall, spreading as wide. Trunks are covered with rough brown persistent bark. Leaves are 2-6 in. long, pointed and pale green. Pink to rose colored flowers occur in large numbers in summer for a short and colorful season. Large amounts of nectar are produced by these flowers for bees and insects to harvest.

Native to the coast of western Australia, the Coral gum grows in low elevations on stony slopes and hills. Soils are typically well-drained loams that are slightly alkaline. In cultivation in the Inland Empire, this species has also shown good tolerance to sand and clay soils.

This is one of the more petite and ornamental eucalyptus species that can be used in smaller spaces and in residential gardens. It is planted as a patio tree and garden trees, and always needs careful staking and pruning when young to produce a good shape. It can easily grow with low amounts of supplemental water during summer following normal winter rainfall.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Mounding, Low-branching, Dense
Growth Rate: Slow, Moderate
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Red, Pink
Flower Season: Summer
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand, Rocky soil, Loam, Clay, Alkaline soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Fog, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Specimen, Shade Tree, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Flowering accent plant, Commercial spaces, Banks, Background plant, Attracts bees, Fragrant foliage, Small spaces
Height: 20 ft. – 35 ft.
Width: 25 ft. – 35 ft.