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Eucalyptus foliageEucalyptus ficifolia

Eucalyptus ficifolia is a showy mid-sized eucalyptus that we no longer recommend as a street tree. There are several reasons; the roots lift sidewalks and pavement causing street damage, and the large pods formed on the tree drop profusely. Red flowering gums need more room than a street location can provide. So consider the location if choosing this tree!

The young leaves show a beautiful gray green with reddish stems. The flowers can be vivid red, magenta, pink or white and attract many nectar gatherers. If bees are a concern, this tree should be planted away from traffic areas. Flowering occurs year round. The woody 1" pods that form after the flowers drop profusely and create much litter. The pods are large enough that you may not want to be under this tree on a windy day! Not suitable for lawn areas as this tree prefers a dryer root zone.

Maximum height
18-45 feet

Life Span
70+ years

Criteria for Ranking

1 (low) - 5 (high)

Drought Tolerance after first year establishment 5
Wind Tolerance 4
Frost Tolerance 3*
Surface Roots/Sidewalk Lifting 2**
Power Lines Proximity

Cost/Maintenance 3*****
Disease Resistance/Hardiness 5

*note asterisk denote species is frost sensitive under 30 degrees and will die back to trunk. Usually recovers quickly. See image to bottom left - there is frost damage from several years ago that needs to be trimmed off.

** note asterisk denote Roots are strong enough to lift sidewalks and pavement.

***note asterisk denote species can be a maintenance issue - Generally a smaller tree but still large enough to reach power lines over time.

****note asterisk denote species can be a maintenance issue because the woody pods do drop and leave litter. This tree drops LOTS of leaf, seed and flower litter. Tree looks better with annual pruning of old seed pods.
Location A row of mature E. ficifolia can be seen on Villa Circle in Marina.