‘Red Iron Bark’ – Eucalyptus sideroxylon Rosea

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I live in Iron Bark territory, on a clay soil, near the coast, the local Iron Barks stand up to the strong coastal winds and often boggy soil. One introduced Iron bark that does very well in my area is Eucalyptus sideroxylon Rosea, this is a stunning medium sized tree, that I giggly recommend for suburban gardens.


The image above is taken of one species that was planted 4-5 years ago, it has a gentle weeping habit and gets covered in tiny pink flowers in winter, these can range in colour from deep red through to lighter shades of pinks.


The bark is a typical Iron Bark, thick and deeply furrowed from dark brown through to almost black, it contrasts nicely with the grey green foliage.


Eucalyptus sideroxylon Rosea grows to about 10metres in height and 3 -4 metres wide, it makes a great screening tree and is an important redflowering species for bees and birds in winter. Honeyeater, lorikeet, parrot, thornbill, treecreeper and pardalote species are all attracted to this plant demonstrating its wonderful birdlife value. The Musk and Purple-crowned Lorikeets in particular adore the  Eucalypt’s nectar.


I like to see it planted where its grey green leaves can contrast with other greens around it, and positioned so you can see its beautiful trunk. It makes a good street tree for nature strips not under power lines and would also screen well for privacy for double storey houses and apartments.



One response to “‘Red Iron Bark’ – Eucalyptus sideroxylon Rosea”

  1. Arron

    I accidentally yet giggly slipped one into our (your design) garden Kath. Borers got to the “existing” serrata so had to go and be replaced.

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