Eucalyptus ficifolia is a showy mid-sized eucalyptus that we no longer recommend as a street tree. There are several reasons; the roots lift sidewalks and pavement causing street damage, and the large pods formed on the tree drop profusely. Red flowering gums need more room than a street location can provide. So consider the location if choosing this tree!
The young leaves show a beautiful gray green with reddish stems. The flowers can be vivid red, magenta, pink or white and attract many nectar gatherers. If bees are a concern, this tree should be planted away from traffic areas. Flowering occurs year round. The woody 1" pods that form after the flowers drop profusely and create much litter. The pods are large enough that you may not want to be under this tree on a windy day! Not suitable for lawn areas as this tree prefers a dryer root zone.