SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Cal Poly Campus - San Luis Obispo, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
Firewheel Tree is an unusual subtropical tree for temperate regions, and is rarely seen, but often sought after for its dark glossy green leaves and very unusual flowers, which may occur sporadically. Once established, it becomes rather durable. It can be used as an indoor plant. The leaves are attractive and the unusual flowers look like a pinwheel.
Native to Australia.
Erect with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 feet.
Width: 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Red or Yellow. Flowers in Fall. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Follicle, Large (1.50 - 3.00 inches) Wildlife use it.
Bark Dark Brown, Light Green, Red Brown or Orange, Exfoliating, Furrowed or Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 16 - 17 and 20 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 12.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Wildlife use Fruit.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Stenocarpus sinuatus Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 25, 2018.
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