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Lophostemon confertus syn Tristania conferta - Brush Box - 100 seeds

Lophostemon confertus syn Tristania conferta - Brush Box - 100 seeds

SKU: LOPCONF
$3.00Price
Lophostemon confertus syn Tristania conferta - Brush Box / QLD Brush Box / Red Box / Vinegar Tree
Lovely star shaped flowers on an attractively formed tree, looks great all year round!
 
Myrtaceae species - No shipment to WA or TAS
 
This is fast growing evergreen Australian native reaching up to 25m in its native habitat of NE Australia but usually only reaches about 10m tall in cultivation, it has a trunk that is usually straight and is usually clear of branches for up to half of the tree with rough grey brown bark on the lower trunk and pinkish brown bark on the upper trunk and branches, the bark flakes off in Summer to show orange brown tones underneath and an attractive rounded habit that becomes wide spreading with age.
 
It has a dense crown of dark green, glossy, leathery foliage that are broad elliptic to ovate to lanceolate, 9 - 17.5cm long x 2.5 - 4.5cm wide and are paler underneath. White star shaped and frilly flowers occur in clusters toward the ends of branches in groups of 3 - 7 at the base of leaf axils in Spring to Summer, they are 5 petaled, each petal 6 - 9mm long and have prominent frilly stamens that are 10 - 20mm long.
 
Green hemispherical shaped seed capsules follow in Autumn, ripening in Winter to grey brown, 8 - 12mm in diameter containing the seeds.
 
When twigs are broken or snapped exude a milky sap that has an aroma of vinegar, hence one of the common names - Vinegar Tree.
 
Best grown in full sun in moist well drained soil but does tolerate poor soils, grows well in subtropical, warm temperate, cool temperate and Mediterranean climates.
Grows naturally where open woodland meets rainforest, rainforest or wet sclerophyll forest, on coastal footslopes, hills, 2nd line coast, footslopes and coastal forests.
It is tolerant of drought, salt spray tolerant, moderately frost and wind tolerant, also having some fire retardent qualities.
 
This species has been used widely as a street tree, for erosion control and is a major honey tree in Australia, attracting bees, birds, butterflies and other insects, can be used for timber and as a bird nesting tree.
 
This listing is for 100 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.