In the Garden: Introducing our new monthly guide to Queensland flowering trees
AllRound Tree Services is proud to launch a monthly guide to planting, caring for, maintaining and enjoying some of the most beautiful native and exotic flowering trees found in south-east Queensland.
January flowering trees: ivory curl trees and pink bloodwood trees
January is the mid-season for the elegant profusion of the creamy white or ivory flowers of the well-named ivory curl tree and the pink bloodwood.
Both also attract bees, butterflies and nectar-feeding birds in great numbers. The showy bloodwood flowers are as fragrant as they are beautiful to the eye. These two gorgeous Queensland natives are both common in the streets and gardens of urban areas and as well as forest throughout the coastal expanse of the state.
Ivory curl trees
Plant these beauties in mulched soil and keep them happy with plenty of sun and water. Cuttings will grow faster than seeds, and with less risk of failure. As mature trees, they need less water and are marvellously drought-resistant, and they do not generally require pruning.
The ivory curl will reach about 6 to 8 metres high in urban areas and 2 to 5 wide. It takes about 3 to 5 years to reach maturity for flowering. The tree has a skinny grey trunk, with the branches forming a rounded shape at the top. The leaves are longish and dark green, with tips that can vary in colour throughout the year from silver to red.
But the crowning glory of this tree is its magnificent, profuse ivory/pale yellow cylindrical flowers. These are so plentiful in number and clustering that they can appear to beautifully overwhelm the tree.
Pink bloodwood trees
This graceful eucalypt is named for the colour of the red gum that exudes from the veins in its wood. Bloodwoods can reach 20 to 30 metres high and 10 to 20 metres wide. The tree features a textured bark that is light grey to brown in colour, and leaves that are lance-shaped and dark green. They thrive in various conditions in south-east Queensland, including well-drained dark coloured loam to heavy clay with high organic content.
The profusion of highly perfumed, showy white or cream coloured flowers gather in bunches of 7 flowerheads throughout the summer months, and are followed by urn-shaped gumnuts.