Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ and ‘Summer Red’

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.



8 replies on “Eucalyptus ‘Summer Beauty’ and ‘Summer Red’”

  1. Hi.
    How tall will the summer beauty grow?
    I’d like it to be the only plant in my front yard and want it as a feature. My house is at Ipswich Qld.
    Is this plant hard to get in Qld? Do they all grow into a canopy?

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Nicki,

      ‘Summer Beauty’ will get to 5 or 6 metres tall, you can prune them yearly if you want them to be maintained at a smaller height. Otherwise they will spread to have a wide canopy of around 3 to 4 metres,

      Best Wishes,


  2. Isoble Anderson on

    Hi, I have a mature Summer Beauty (approx 9 yrs old). It has flowered reliably and profusely year after year and this year semed to be no different so far. It is now covered in buds, but very fiew of them are opening. Not doing anything different as regards water/fertiliser. Is there some pest that could cause this?

    Hope you can help, Best wishes, Isobel

    PS, I live in Townsville, North QLD

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Isobel,

      Have you seen the buds open up to flower yet? Pests could be adding stress to the Euc, but usually these are visible (e.g. damage to leaves or there are some fungal diseases that can cause buds to disfigure). If you’ve been keeping a close eye on it, it could be due to other factors such as weather or soil health. It takes a lot of energy for the plant to put on a flower display and if it doesn’t have the resources to do so in a particular year it might just decide to give flowering a miss.

      All the best,

  3. Roxana on


    Wondering what the root system of the Summer Beauty is like and whether it will be problematic being planted closer to our house (around 3m away) and quite close to driveway and paths/front concrete fence? Thanks so much!

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Roxana,

      Usually the main roots remain in the drip zone (the area under the tree branches at maturity). I wouldn’t put it anywhere where the drip zone will extend over pipes but 3m away from the house seems like it will be okay.

      All the best 🙂

  4. Tammi on

    Where can Summer Beauty be purchased? Having a hard time finding a nursery…

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