The red bloodwood tree, Corymbia gummifera, is found along the east coast of mainland Australia from Victoria up to South East Queensland and can grow up to 45 metres tall. I have two of these trees growing close together on my acreage property.
Many species of eucalypt live for more than 250 years.
The bark of the red bloodwood is light grey and rough, cracked and scaly.
The red bloodwood gets its name from the blood red resin that appears when wounded.
The tree has clusters of white flowers that are popular with nectar eating birds and possums, while the gum nuts are favoured by cockatoos, and the sap is a food source for gliders.
Eucalypt flowers do not have petals. The entire flower consists of stamens. The blooms come in many colours – white, cream, yellow, red, orange, pink and green.