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Characteristics: Tree to 45 m spread 8 m
Seeds per packet: 10
The spectacular colours of the trunk make this tree quite stunning.
A strong straight trunk with smooth powdery bark which is white, grey or pink often with characteristic patches or spots. The bark is shed in polygonal flakes. Leaves grow to about 150 mm and typically eucalypt.
Small white flowers occur in groups of 3-5 during winter and spring.
A native to New South Wales and south east Queensland.
Prefers a light to heavy soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Note: Corymbia maculata is one of around 80 eucalypts which were transferred in 1995 from the genus Eucalyptus to the newly created genus Corymbia. The species was formerly known as Eucalyptus maculata.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered to be one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long.
As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.