Softly softly: Eucalyptus ficifolia ‘Fairy Floss’ Grafted

These soft, gentle pink flower clusters belong to another grafted Eucalyptus (Corymbia) ficifolia dwarf grafted gum, this sweet small tree is called ‘Fairy Floss’, isn’t the name just perfect? This small feature tree flowers in the warm summer months between December and March like many of the ‘Summer’ series grafted gums.

It makes a wonderful replacement for the Crepe Myrtles that are currently in flower and seem to be taking over as street trees in my council.

This compact showy tree grows to around 6 metres high x 4 metres wide, and responds well to a prune after flowering to remove the spent flowers and ensure the tree doesn’t waste too much energy producing gum nuts. Of course the gum nuts themselves are highly decorative and you may wish to let them form fully before snipping them off for your collection. However by removing them you are ensuring the tree remains dense and full of leaf as opposed to dry and brown and sticky looking 😉

In the image above you can see how great the dwarf flowering gums look when turned to have a trunk and then underplanted, I love the look of the tightly clipped Callistemon below this ‘Fairy Floss’ specimen, giving the garden an almost formal look.

There really is a dwarf grafted ficifolia for every purpose, coming in all colours and sizes, and the birds and bees love them too 😄

10 thoughts on “Softly softly: Eucalyptus ficifolia ‘Fairy Floss’ Grafted

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Joy,

      You should be able to source them from Sydney Wildflower Nursery ph: 95482818

      Best Wishes,

      Kath

  1. Hi Kath Thanks for your excellent blog.
    I want to plant a dwarf grafted ficifolia in a west facing paved courtyard in Canberra however there are plumbing pipes going across the courtyard about a metre in depth and about 11/2 metres from the 900mm wide garden bed. Is it likely to be invasive? Would you expect it to struggle in our dry cold climate?
    Can I plant one in a large container ?
    Thanks

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Kerry,

      Yes, you can grow them in a large container, something like a half wine barrel works well. I would recommend one of the smaller varieties like Eucalyptus ‘Mini Red’ or ‘Mini Orange’.
      In regards to the frost you might need to provide it with some protection over the harsher Winter months, like some carefully positioned shade cloth. Sometimes they can become frost hardened but I personally wouldn’t risk it.

      Hope this info helps,

      Best Wishes,

      Kath

  2. Amy on

    Hi would these be suitable for a horse paddock or would they attract bats

    • Nhung Ross on

      I’m worried mine is sick, I’ve asked everyone and no one seem to know what to do? The leaves normally are so lush and full but not now. Can you help? Thanks so much

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Luke,

      ‘Fairy Floss’ flowers for around a month each year.

      Best Wishes,

      Kath

  3. Carol McCallum on

    Loved the fairy floss tree. I’m in Jan Juc establishing a new garden. Have just planted some moonahs and would like your advice for a few small trees. (I adore pinks). Our block is small, on a corner and quite close to the beach. Attic blasts occasionally. Lots of wind. My friend lives in Horsham so she might be able to bring a few when visiting if she’s close to your nursery.
    Kindest regards.
    Carol McCallum 0417151432

  4. Saara Kramb on

    Hi I live in the northern rivers of nsw I am so very interested in the fairy floss dwarf size as it will fit in perfectly with the rest of my garden
    I would like to know where could I get a dwarf fairy floss from I am 9 hrs from Sydney and 4 hrs from Brisbane.
    Would you be able to help me in where I could buy 1

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