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.