Eucalyptus camaldulensis obtusa

River Red Gum

The River Red Gum grows to be a large and impressive tree.

Features: Iconic shape, dappled bark, large size.
Applications: Park and golf course plantings, large spaces.
Description This iconic tree is a widepread species with different variants native to river banks and floodplains around Australia. With its familiar dappled bark, arching limbs and spreading canopy, it is best suited to parks, golf courses or other open spaces where its size and stature is desireable. Torbay Treefarmers cultivate the obtusa variety, native to the creek banks and plains of WA. Though typically found adjacent to watercourses, Eucalyptus camaldulensis is a robust tree that can thrive in other areas outside of its normal range provided it is not subject to root disturbance, drought or scarcity of water. Large specimens not subject to flooding or near watercourses can be seen in remnant bushland or uncleared spaces in the coastal plain around Perth and demonstrate that with water table access the trees have happily developed into large and healthy mature trees.
Availability: Champion Lakes : 45L
Mature height: 15-40
Mature spread: 10-25
Canopy: Spreading and irregular. Moderately dense shade.
Growth rate: Fast-growing in suitable conditions
Cautions: Matures to a large tree. Avoid root compaction.
Tolerances: Tolerates flooding, damp areas. Moderately salt tolerant. Resistant to phytopthora.
Sun demands: Full sun or part shade
Soil demands: Most soils - clay, gravel or sands.
Water demands: Low to Moderate. Not as drought-tolerant as other
Native or Exotic: Native
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Myrtaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from 2009.

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