New South Wales Christmas Bush

Ceratopetalum gummiferum

A festive Australian native with glossy, light green foliage, adorned by a profusion of tiny creamy white flowers followed by showy, carmine red, swollen, flower-like sepals. Often brought indoors as a Christmas decoration in Australia, this large ornamental shrub shines in early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Evergreen.
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8 - 11

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Full sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationser-at-oh-PET-uh-lum gum-MIF-er-um
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 16 to 20 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeEarly Summer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorLight Green
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitUpright
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseContainer, Hedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Easy Care, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

Provide enriched, sandy to loamy, well-drained soil with an acidic to neutral pH. Tolerates part shade but flowers best in full sun with regular water. Shelter from damaging winds. Slow to establish, but once established grows moderately fast. Prune annually to shape and promote dense growth. Feed in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 11

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