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Plant Species of the genus Angophora

Information about this genus
Name: Angophora
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: They are light-loving trees that often make fast growth as saplings, preferring sandy soils of moderate fertility and some degree of shelter from strong winds. Most will tolerate at least a degree or two of overnight frost as long as days are warm and sunny. Early growth of some species may be erratic, with plants sensitive to excesses or deficiencies of mineral nutrients and prone to sudden death or dieback. Species from the poorest soils tend to bolt when grown in better soils and may be short lived. Propagation is always from seed, which needs to be collected just as capsules discharge.
Description: This eastern Australian genus with 15 species of evergreen trees is closely allied to Eucalyptus, and some knowledgeable botanists argue that the less formal term ?eucalypts? should include the angophoras. Their closest ally is in fact the genus Corymbia, recently split off from Eucalyptus to contain the ?bloodwood? group of eucalypts. Most angophoras are medium to large trees of open forest and woodland, often on very poor soils; 2 or 3 species are very small crooked trees of stunted woodland or heath. Most have rough, rather corky or flaky bark but 3 species have smooth pinkish gray or orange-brown bark that sheds an outer layer annually. The leaves, arranged in opposite pairs, vary from narrow, pointed and stalked to broad, heart-shaped and stalkless. Flowers are conspicuous, with masses of white to cream stamens, and are grouped in large terminal clusters at the branch tips; they attract swarms of insects and some nectar-feeding birds and even mammals. The feature distinguishing Angophora from other eucalypts is the separate sepals and petals enclosing the buds, in contrast to the fused bud cap of Eucalyptus and Corymbia. Flowers are followed by ribbed woody capsules that open at the apex to shed their seeds annually.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Angophora bakeri 9-11
Angophora costata 9-11
Angophora floribunda 9-11
Angophora hispida 10-11
Angophora intermedia 9?11
Angophora melanoxylon 9-11

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