Tree on fire: Stenocarpus sinuatus

The Firewheel trees are flowering their heads off this year, I’m not sure what it is, maybe the searing heat? maybe the deluge of rains, whatever, my tree has never had so many flowers on it and its not the only one.

The tree was here when we bought the house and was only 2 metres tall, it now stands around the 6 metre mark, I’m not sure where its going to go to from here as it has been planted underneath a large Eucalyptus paniculata. But it does go to show that they grow quite happily in shade with strong coastal winds, I would call that a difficult spot.

Stenocarpus sinuatus is a rainforest tree from northern NSW and southern QLD, so likes quite a rich deep soil, it also has a fairly narrow habit for a medium sized tree which means it would be of good use planted in tight spaces where privacy is required, such as between tall buildings.

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