Tree Waratah, Alloxylon flammeum
Photo - Libby Cameron
Tree waratah, Alloxylon flammeum
Description: this evergreen rainforest tree looks sensational in spring, when it is covered with a mass of red blooms that look like waratahs. The bright heads of flowers are like a beacon for honeyeaters. It grows naturally on the edge of rainforests where there is plenty of moisture and light. Grow it in warm microclimates as far south as Sydney.
Size: 10m in a garden situation.
Cultivation: plant in well-drained soil enriched with plenty of organic matter. Water regularly in dry times.
Special comments: it takes about seven years to flower if grown from seed; and like all members of the Proteaceae family, it is sensitive to phosphorus; use fertiliser formulated for natives.