Red Ironbark

Eucalyptus sideroxylon ‘Rosea’

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red Ironbark) - full view

Full view

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red Ironbark) - leaves

Foliage view

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red Ironbark) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-80'; Spread: 20-80'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright canopy with weeping branches.

  • Foliage:

    Gray-green to blue-green leaves, 3-6" long, lanceolate leaves. Turn bronze in winter but remain on the tree.

  • Flower:

    Pink, red, or magenta flowers grouped 3-7 in 5-6" umbels. Fall to late spring.

  • Fruit:

    Persistent goblet-shaped black capsules, 3/8" in size.

  • Bark:

    Rough and fissured; nearly black except for orange reveals in fissures.

  • 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 to train a good shape. Regular pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil (must drain), some shade, medium winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Gets chlorotic in wet, heavy soils. Tall tree not appropriate under power lines. Big basin is necessary.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Australia. Sweet flower nectar is attractive to bees. Beautiful flower display.