Scientific: Eucalyptus erythrocorys
Common: red cap gum
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Very limited in range to southwestern coastal Australia north of Perth.

Pronounciation: Ewe-ka-LIP-tus air-throw-COR-ees

Hardiness zones
USDA 9 - 11

Landscape Use: Accent, small-sized, open canopied mallee (shrubby tree), light shade. Great for residential or other small spaces

Form & Character: Irregular (the operative word), single or multiple trunks, rugged, tough, showy.

Growth Habit: Woody evergreen perennial tree, moderately slow to 20 to 30 feet in height with often somewhat greater spread; form is usually variable. Trunk is stout and shaggy.

Foliage/texture: Thick, falcate leaves, 5 to 10 inches long, leaves a bit less glaucous than most eucalyptus, petioles and young stems are red; medium coarse texture,

Flowers & fruits: Flowers have a striking red cap that open to present striking yellow stamens in the late summer and early fall. Fruits are a red to brown capsule.

Seasonal color: Red buds and yellow flowers in August and September. Strong anthocyanin pigmentation in fruit and young stems.

Temperature: Very heat tolerant, cold hardy to 23 to 26oF.

Light: Full sun

Soil: Neutral to alkaline soil, well drained.

Watering: Moderately drought tolerant. Overwatering will induce foliar chlorosis.

Pruning: Elevate canopy base and expose trunk character. Train rigorously when young.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: This is a somewhat sprawling Australian malle (shrubby tree) that is difficult to train into an upright, standardize, single trunk form. Otherwise, this is a great, tough small eucalypt for small spaces where a multi-trunk, colorful, visual large screening plant is desired.