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Binomial Name:  Angophora costata

 

Common Name: Smooth-Barked Apple Gum

 

Family: MYRTACEAE 

 

Leaves:  Dark green, lance-shaped, 6-16 cm long and 2-3 cm wide, opposite, menthol scented

 

Stem/Trunk: Gnarled and crooked trunk, pink to pale grey, rusty-stained bark, smooth bark

 

Flower: White, very showy, terminal coymbs , individual flowers 2cm wide

 

Fruit:  Seed capsule, golbet shaped with prominent ribs

 

Flowering Period:  Mid to late Summer

 

Height:  Up to 25 metres

 

Width: 15 metre canopy

 

Habit:  Tree

 

Aspect: Full sun to filtered light, morning sun, occasional moisture so mulch and water regularly until established

 

Soil Type: Sandy soils (add compost to sandy soil for best results) to clay soils with drainage

 

Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5

 

Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benefits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Kangaroo and wallaby poo and Aussie animal scats are also beneficial when placed around the root zone. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug

 

Mulch: Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness

 

Root System: Contained. Not invasive

 

Drought Tolerant:  Once established

 

Frost Tolerant: No. Will cope with light frosts

 

Salt Wind Tolerant: Yes

 

Fire Response: Yes. Will recover from burning if cool fires

 

Host Requred: No

 

Fast Growing: Moderate

 

Gardens:  Native gardens, feature tree, avenue plantings, windbreaks, sandstone gardens

 

Natural Occurrence: Occurs inland central Queensland to coastal New South Wales

 

Known Plant Associations:  Eucalyptus piperita, Syncarpia glomulifera, Allocasuarina torulosa, Eucalyptus botryoides, Monotoca elliptica, Macrozamia communis


Known Fauna Associations: Crimson Rosella, Grey Headed Flying Fox, Little Red Flying Fox

 

Other Information: Culture associations are ascribed to this species. Grows well in rocky soil

 

 

 

Angophora costata (Smooth-Barked Apple Gum) grows up to 25 metres and has a gnarled trunk/limbs and white flowers. It prefers morning sun and sheltered sites but will tolerate full sun. 

Angophora costata (Smooth-Barked Apple Gum)

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