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Angophora is a genus of tree containing ten different species that include the bakeri, floribunda, hispida, inophina, and exsul among others. It is related to the eucalyptus and corymbia family of trees, and is native to the southern Queensland forests of Australia. The trees may be identified by their tall height, smooth and uneven trunks, and broadly spreading branches. They generally prefer warm, dry climates and well-drained soil for optimal growth, similar to their native land.
These trees are also known as Dwarf Apple or Smooth-Barked Apple trees due to the similarities between their growing habits and the growth patterns of apple trees. These trees do not, however, produce edible fruit. The angophora tree typically has a large, thickly-knotted trunk with a bark smooth that appears light pink. Leaves are medium-sized and light green in color, with a leathery texture. The branches grow normally in a slightly twisted, recognizable pattern and new growth appears as reddish or purple shoots.
Certain varieties of angophora may produce starburst-shaped, hot pink blossoms that then bloom into white flowers. The vibrantly colored blooms, when just about to fully flower, are commonly used in floral arrangements. These blossoms grow in large, upright clusters on the edge of branches. These trees may also be pruned into large shrubs. Unlike eucalyptus trees, which are also part of the myrtle family, these trees lack a bud cap.
The name angophora is a product of two Greek words, which translate roughly into the words goblet and vessel. This refers to the appearance of the ripened yellow fruit produced by the white flowers of the tree. These vessel-like flowers contain the new seedlings for future trees.
Angophora prefer sandy soils and a warm, dry climate, though it can withstand some frost after several years. It requires full, direct sunlight for good growth. They may be grown from seed, or a full, adult plant can be transplanted to new gardens.
Such trees may be purchased online or from garden centers that import the plant from Australia. Gardeners must take care when planting angophora as limbs are often brittle and can fall easily during heavy storms. Trees may exceed 42 feet (15 m) in height, and should not be planted close to houses to avoid potential roof damage.
Angophora trees are grown from seeds outdoors, in well-drained, loose soil. Seeds reach germination in as little as seven days. They should be moved to an indoor growing container after the plant achieves a height of about six feet (2 m). Once the plant is larger, it can be moved back outdoors and planted in the ground.
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