NSW Christmas Bush - Ceratopetalum gummiferum

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Ceratopetalum gummiferum, the New South Wales Christmas Bush. Is a tall shrub or small tree popular in cultivation due to its sepals that turn bright red-pink at around Christmas time.

Famous in NSW at Christmas time as an alternative to the pine tree as a Christmas decoration.

Common Name: NSW Christmas Bush Botanical Name: Ceratopetalum gummiferum Plant size: 15cm - 20cm Pot size: 75mm Max growth: Grows to about 5m high and 2m wide Maintenance: Keep well mulched as it does not like drying out. Very important to keep up the water to this plant when it's in full bloom - this will maintain the display longer. Trim back lightly after flowering. Planting:

Climate Zone

  • Arid
  • Cool
  • Subtropical
  • Temperate
  • Tropical


  • Bird attracting
  • Cut flowers
  • Long lasting
  • Striking Flowers

Garden Style

  • Cottage Garden
  • Native Garden
  • Tropical Garden

Growth Rate

  • Moderate


  • Border Hedge
  • Privacy Screen
  • Tall Hedge
  • Wind break

Plant Type

  • Evergreen
  • Foliage Plants
  • Large Shrubs
  • Natives
  • Small Trees


  • Full Sun


  • Container Plants
  • Feature planting

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