Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Queensland Waratah

We recently discovered one the trees in our front yard is a Queensland Tree Waratah, otherwise known as a Red Silky Oak. According to Wikipedia, its an Alloxylon flammeum. We were able to identify it because it's covered in distinctive red flowers, apparently they flower from August to October. They are vulnerable in the wild, its thought there are more in cultivation than in the wild.
the Queensland tree waratah has distinctive red flowers
red flowers against a blue sky
To look after it we don't need to do much, just mulch underneath it. If we fertilise it, it needs the special fertiliser for Australian natives as this is native to northern Queensland. Its nice to know we have a specimen of an endangered species in our yard so we promise to look after it.
our specimen of the endangered Queensland tree waratah

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