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Red-flowering gum tree is Eucalyptus ficifolia. But the genus Eucalyptus has gone through a major revision and some botanists now consider the proper name for this plant to be Corymbia ficifolia.  This is a stunning, ornamental evergreen tree for warm weather areas. Currently they are popular in New Zealand, South Africa, the southwest of the United States and, of course, Australia, to which they are native. But established trees may be more cold tolerant than once thought and they are now found in the south and west of the UK, preferably on a south-facing wall, and in parts of the American South. It's greatest asset is the bloom. Abundant clusters of red (sometimes orange, pink or white) flower clusters bloom throughout the year on a tidy, rounded tree that only reaches 25 to 40 feet tall and almost as wide. The bloom is followed by interesting seed pods that bend the branches in their profusion. The size is perfect for modern gardens though the seed pods (and sap) would require careful siting. Red-flowering gum tree is a tough tree being both drought and pollution resistant and it has succeeded famously as a parking lot island and road embankment tree. Its only short-coming would be cold tolerance being hardy to about 25 degrees F. But for those areas with moderate winters, Red-flowering gum tree would make a dramatic addition, and being evergreen, it would make an excellent screen or privacy hedge, while its smaller size makes it suitable for courtyard or patio.

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