Golden Penda tree or Xanthostemon chrysanthus
The Golden Penda tree or Xanthostemon chrysanthus is a widely grown tree in warmer climates. This glossy leaved native tree from Northern Queenslands rain forests can reach a height of 20m+, usually much less in cultivation (they can be pruned) and makes an excellent shade tree. However the main attraction are the flowers. It spectacular enough to have earned itself the title of ‘Floral emblem of Cairns’ where it is widely grown
The Golden Penda name comes from the masses of large golden flowers in spring to summer, they remind us of large rounded ‘bottlebrush’ type flowers, and indeed they are related.
The root system is regarded as non invasive, and with pruning from an early stage you can also make a ‘Golden Penda’ hedge, a haven for birds.
Growth rate is regarded as medium to fast, however in cooler climates it is much slower. Flowering both in terms of size and number will also be limited in cooler climates.
These wonderful trees do require a moist humus rich soil and a warm climate, the introduction of dwarf cultivars ‘Fairhills Gold’ that will reach less than 5m in height make the Golden Penda tree or Xanthostemon chrysanthus an even more useful and versatile tree. The other popular cultivar is ‘Expo Gold’.
The Golden Penda tree can be easily pruned and even the larger growing types have been successfully used as hedges. Best pruned after flowering.
Most trees offered by wholesale growers are from cuttings as flowering from seed may take 5 – 7 years. Seed is also very slow to germinate,