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Stenocarpus sinuatus
Stenocarpus sinuatus

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Zone
Zones 16, 17, 20-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Stenocarpus sinuatus

Firewheel Tree
Proteaceae
Evergreen, Trees

Slow-growing, densely foliaged plant from Australia to 30 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Shiny deep green leaves; to 1 ft. long and lobed on young plants, smaller and usually unlobed on older ones. Tubular, 2–3-in., scarlet-and-yellow flowers are arranged in clusters like spokes of a wheel. Flowering usually is at its peak in early fall, but the plant may bloom at any time. Blooms sometimes emerge from the bark of the trunk—an unusual sight. Plants do not bloom until established for several years.

Tender, especially when young. Does best in deep, rich, well-drained, acid soil. Prune to shape in early years. Showy flowering tree near a patio or terrace. Also good in lawn or near a swimming pool (has little leaf drop). Beautiful juvenile leaves make it an interesting indoor potted plant.

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