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Sydney Red Gum

Angophora costata


I am always fascinated by the texture of the bark on Sydney Red Gums, but this particular specimen caught my eye because of its unruly behaviour and beautiful location - It is a quintessentially Australian native that is perfectly adapted to harsh conditions. The base of the tree looked like it was actually growing out of the rock, so it definitely has a firm foothold. Also known as the Smooth-barked Apple, Rose Apple and Rose Gum, this species differs from the majority of gum trees in that it is not a Eucalyptus, but rather a closely related genus.


Found amongst massive rocky outcrops on a sandstone ridge facing the coast, along the Maitland Bay Track in Bouddi National Park. Strong winds, salty air, all-day exposure to the sun.


This is a very important tree for fauna with respect to hollow log formation in older specimens which are used by many species of vertebrate fauna for both breeding and roosting, possums being one example. The nectar is a major source of food for many species including numerous invertebrates, flying foxes, and the seeds eaten by parrots.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Martin. Yeah I thought it looked familiar.

MartinL 8 years ago

Yes, it reminds me of the roads in sydney :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Thanks, Mark. Very Sydney in the sense that it's beautiful, and out of control. Gotta love it :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fantastic specimen and shots Neil. They really are so 'Sydney'.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 years ago

Cheers, Leuba. These are awesome trees. I'm still searching for the weirdest red gum ever. I know it's out there....

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Great spotting Neil. Love the way the tree rises from the rocks and the twists and turns. NSW has some great gums !

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Gosford, NSW, Australia

Spotted on Oct 6, 2014
Submitted on Nov 8, 2014

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