The NSW Christmas Bush
Ceratopetalum gummiferum is the New South Wales Christmas Bush a large shrub to small tree. Reaching from 3m- 5m in height and with showy flowers it make a good screening plant, very attractive to birds.
Aptly named as the creamy white or red flowers appear in December and really do put on a display in time for Christmas, they also make great cut flowers at this time of the year.
- C. gummiferum Albery’s Red – This variety has bright red flowers in summer.
- C. gummiferum Red, Red, Red – The flowers darken in colour as they age to a deeper red.
In good conditions this is vigorous bushy plant. It is best in a well drained soil and a sunny position.
Dig the soil over well before planting adding a little well rotted compost to poorer soils.
Water in well immediately after planting.
Mulch around the plant after planting and renew the mulch each year. Mulching maintains a cool root run and keep moist through summer. In very dry years water in summer for best results
This is a plant that can be lightly pruned. The best time to prune the NSW Christmas Bush is immediately after flowering. Not really frost hardy..
Ceratopetalum apetalum or ‘coachwood’ is a taller growing species, reaching 6m