I know some people think that the Grafted Eucalyptus ficifolia Flowering gums are getting a little bit common, and in some respects I tend to agree. However, it is with very good reason, as whenever I see one in flower it still takes my breath away, they are just so amazingly beautiful!
And not only good to look at they are very useful too, great for privacy screening, perfect for small gardens and they have excellent form. In the image above you can see a perfect Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ specimen, with a strong straight trunk and dense canopy and also covered in blossoms.
Opposite was a Eucalyptus ‘Summer Red’ just getting ready to burst into flower, see the huge buds at the top of the canopy? ‘Summer Red’ seems to be the later flowering of the grafted Eucalyptus ficifolia, sometimes not flowering until almost Autumn, so keep that in mind when choosing a grafted gum. These two trees fit perfectly in this tiny front grade in the back streets of Lilyfield and the birds were enjoying them immensley.
The trees in this case were underplanted with plenty of shade loving grasses, making for a very simply planting pallette perfect for the tidy cottage.