Brisbane Box

Lophostemon confertus (formerly Tristania conferta)

Lophostemon confertus (Brisbane Box) - full view

Full view

Lophostemon confertus (Brisbane Box) - leaves & flower

Foliage detail

Lophostemon confertus (Brisbane Box) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size: Height: 30-45'; Spread: 25'
  • Growth: Moderate to fast
  • Character: Evergreen; upright, oval form; moderate canopy.
  • Foliage: Green, glossy, oval leaves 4-6" long. New growth has a slight red tinge. 
  • Flower: Small, white, distinctive, but not showy flowers in clusters 2-4" across, bloom July-August. 
  • Fruit: Hard, brown seed capsules form in fall and persist on tree. 
  • Bark: Mottled, shredding, light brown or reddish bark. 
  • Watering: In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
  • Tree Care: Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. 
  • Tolerance: Drought tolerant (once established), poor drainage, any soil, smog. 
  • Special Considerations: Prefers sun. Does not tolerate strong, steady winds. 
  • Notable Traits: Native to Australia. Low-maintenance street tree well adapted to harsh urban conditions. Disease and pest resistant.