Common Name: WATER GUM
Size: NT Premium
Habitat: Dry Rainforest
Description: It occurs naturally on moist, well-drained sites along the east coast of Australia, from the Brisbane River in Queensland, through coastal New South Wales to the Gippsland region of Victoria. It is commonly found growing along creek banks and in rainforest openings in light shade to full sunlight.
The species grows from 5 m to 15 m in height, is ideally suited to a large garden, and has also been planted as a street tree in Sydney. It grows slowly and rarely attains a large size in southern Australia.
An attractive and compact shade tree in cultivation, T. laurina has a smooth bark when young, becoming scaly as the tree matures. The leaves are 5-12 cm long, 1-2 cm wide, glossy dark green above with a paler under-side, and are alternately placed along the stems. The flowers are cream to orange-yellow in colour, being produced in short clusters in January and early February. The individual flowers are about 10 mm in diameter with five small, rounded petals and stamens united in five groups. The seed capsules are woody, globular in shape and 6-8 mm in diameter.
Pot size: 50mm Native Tube
Position: light shade to full sunlight