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Angophora costata

Smooth-barked Apple, Sydney Red Gum, Kajimbourra

Family: Myrtaceae

Angophora costata is a hardy medium-sized tree commonly found on sandstone hillsides, often growing out of rock crevices. It can grow anywhere from wet alluvial valleys to exposed ridgetops.

The tree is distinguished by its contorted branches and sandstone-hugging roots, and its smooth mottled bark - orange after Summer shedding, gradually darkening to pinkish grey over Winter.

The leaves of Angophora costata are similar to Eucalyptus, but are opposite each other on the branches, rather than alternate.

Cream flowers with prominent stamens form terminal clusters. The capsules are 13-15mm long with 5 prominent ribs.

Angophora costata flowers in November and December.

Angophora costata - Smooth-barked Apple, Sydney Red Gum, Kajimbourra

 

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 Angophora costata - Smooth-barked Apple, Sydney Red Gum, Kajimbourra

Angophora costata - Smooth-barked Apple, Sydney Red Gum, Kajimbourra

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