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Sydney Red Gum, Smooth-Barked Apple
Scientific Name: Angophora costata (Gaertn.)Britten
Synonym: Metrosideros apocynifolia, Angophora lanceolata
Family: Myrtaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Australia (Queensland, NSW)

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, fast growing to 50 to 80 feet tall (15-24 m); pink to pale grey, sometimes rusty-stained bark, shedding the older grey bark in summer, and showing the orange-pinkish new bark; dark green, lance-shaped, opposite leaves 2.4 to 6 inches long (6-15 cm), 0.8 to 1.2 inches wide (2-3 cm)

Watering Needs: Low to moderate watering when established

Propagation: Seeds (germinating in 1 to 3 weeks, needs some light to germinate)

The branches are brittle, and the tree should be grown where falling branches will not cause too much damage.
The genus name 'Angophora' comes from the Greek for 'bearing a goblet', referring to the shape of the fruits. The species epithet 'costata' comes from the Latin for 'ribbed', referring to the ribs on the fruit capsules.
The genus Angophora is very close to Eucalyptus, and can be distinguished easily by its opposite leaves.

Blooming Habits:
Very showy white flowers, 0.8 inch wide (2 cm), in large bunches, in summer

Fruiting Habits:
5-ribbed, bell-shaped, capsule.

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