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Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark)

Intermediate
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
30m
Max height
15m
Max spread
15-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea'

Other names

Red ironbark, Pink ironbark, Red-flowered mugga

Genus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus

Variety or Cultivar

'Rosea' _ 'Rosea' is a tender, rounded to spreading, evergreen tree with deeply-furrowed, black to reddish-brown bark, pendant branches bearing lance-shaped, grey-green leaves, blue-green when young, and clusters of reddish-pink flowers from winter to summer.


Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' is: Evergreen

Flower

Reddish pink in Summer; Reddish pink in Winter

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Silver leaf , Oedema Silver leaf , Oedema

General care

Pruning

Little pruning required on established trees. Remove damaged, diseased or crossing branches in late winter or early spring. To sustain the most attractive youthful growth, cut shoots.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark) will reach a height of 30m and a spread of 15m after 15-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Flower Arranging, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant in slightly acidic soil with full sun and shelter when young. Ideal to plant the youngest available specimens in conditions as specified.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea'

Other names

Red ironbark, Pink ironbark, Red-flowered mugga

Genus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus

Variety or Cultivar

'Rosea' _ 'Rosea' is a tender, rounded to spreading, evergreen tree with deeply-furrowed, black to reddish-brown bark, pendant branches bearing lance-shaped, grey-green leaves, blue-green when young, and clusters of reddish-pink flowers from winter to summer.

Foliage

Evergreen


Colour

Flower

Reddish pink in Summer; Reddish pink in Winter

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Silver leaf , Oedema

General care

Pruning

Little pruning required on established trees. Remove damaged, diseased or crossing branches in late winter or early spring. To sustain the most attractive youthful growth, cut shoots.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark) will reach a height of 30m and a spread of 15m after 15-20 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Containers, Flower Arranging, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant in slightly acidic soil with full sun and shelter when young. Ideal to plant the youngest available specimens in conditions as specified.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark)

Common pest name

Eucalyptus rust; Guava rust; Rust of eucalyptus; Rust of guava

Scientific pest name

Puccinia psidii

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Rust fungus affecting members of the myrtle family; including Eucalyptus. Europe wide assessment should be considered; given its spread to areas (i.e. Tasmania) with similar climatic conditions.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark)

Common pest name

; Apple bark beetle; Asian ambrosia beetle; Granulate ambrosia beetle

Scientific pest name

Xylosandrus crassiusculus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Ambrosia beetle which can affect a wide range of broadleaved trees; widespread in Africa; Asia and parts of the US; with outbreaks in France and Italy. The UK climate is unlikely to be suitable for the pest to thrive and cause significant damage but needs to be investigated through research. A Europe-wide PRA will help inform the case for EU regulation. Premises involved in importing wood and host plants from Italy in particular; where official measures are not being taken; should source material carefully.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea' (Red ironbark)

Common pest name

Eucalyptus leaf beetle

Scientific pest name

Paropsisterna selmani

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Unknown Distribution)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Eucalyptus leaf beetle native to Tasmania but now present in Ireland; where it is causing damage to species used for forestry and ornamental purposes. Now detected in the South of England. Statutory action would be taken against findings on commercially traded material. Stakeholders may wish to monitor for its presence in gardens and the wider environment.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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