8 Trees With Red Flowers to Grow in Australia

From the classic red flowering gum to the exotic Feijoa, there’s something for every Aussie garden.

If you’re looking for some new trees to plant that have amazing red flowers, I’ve come up with a selection of different varieties that you might like to try.

Corymbia ficifolia (Red Flowering Gum)

Corymbia ficifolia Red Flowering Gum 1 | Plant varieties

When I think about red flowering trees, this outstanding small gum tree is the one that first springs to mind. If you’ve never seen this tree in full bloom, you’re in for a treat.

Corymbia ficifolia makes an outstanding statement in any landscape when it comes into bloom in spring. The entire canopy of the tree will come alive with clusters of bright red feathery flowers. 

To ensure that you get a red flowering specimen, make sure that you purchase a grafted variety from your local garden centre. This species can be variable in its flower colour when grown from seed.

You’ll also find that it can be variable in the height that it will reach, so make sure that you purchase a cultivar that will suit your needs.

Acca sellowiana (Feijoa)

Acca sellowiana Feijoa | Plant varieties

The Feijoa is another tree that has the most interesting red flowers that really stand out against the dark green foliage. As a bonus, this tree also produces edible fruit and lots of it.

These trees normally reach a height of around 3 metres with a spread of around 2 metres. Feijoas can even be trimmed into neat hedges and make excellent screening plants.

Brachychiton acerifolius (Illawarra Flame Tree)

Brachychiton acerifolius Illawarra Flame Tree | Plant varieties

There’s no mistaking the majestic Illawarra flame tree when it’s in full bloom. Once again, the entire canopy will turn to red when the tree produces its flowers in clusters at the ends of the branches.

In many instances, the tree will drop its foliage during winter and will be bare until the flowers burst into bloom in early summer. However, in some seasons, the tree may retain its foliage all year round. 

In ideal conditions, this tree can reach a height of up to 35 metres. However, it will rarely get this tall in cultivation. 

Callistemon citrinus ‘Endeavour’

Callistemon citrinus Endeavour | Plant varieties
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If you’re looking for a small tree that produces masses of red bottlebrush flowers, then you should consider this Callistemon cultivar.

This is a very hardy plant that can adapt to most soil types and growing conditions. It produces brilliant red flowers in spring and autumn. 

This small tree can reach a height and width of around 3 metres and is very attractive to native birds such as honeyeaters and wattlebirds.

Crataegus laevigata (Pauls Scarlet Hawthorn)

Crataegus laevigata Pauls Scarlet Hawthorn | Plant varieties
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This is another relatively compact tree ultimately reaching a height and spread of around 5 metres. It has large lobed palm-shaped leaves that colour up beautifully in autumn in shades of red and orange.

In summer, the tree produces massive clusters of scarlet red flowers and these are followed by bright red fruits. The tree also handles pruning well and can even be grown as a screening hedge.

Hakea laurina (Pin Cushion Hakea)

Hakea laurina flower | Plant varieties

The pin cushion hakea is a native West Australian tree that has become popular in certain countries around the world due to its spectacular pin cushion flowers that are bright red and tipped with white.

Another benefit of this tree is that it will start flowering in late autumn and carry on through winter. This will give you some spectacular colour in your winter garden.

This smaller growing tree will reach a height of around 6 metres and a spread of around 5 metres.

Lagerstroemia fauriei ‘Tonto’

Lagerstroemia fauriei Tonto | Plant varieties
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Not only does this outstanding crepe myrtle produce the most stunning red flowers but you’ll also be delighted with the colourful autumn foliage. 

In autumn, the leaves turn from dark green into a bright deep red before they fall off the tree. The flowers start from mid-summer and the tree can flower for a continuous 75 days when grown in warmer regions.

This is a more compact crepe myrtle and will reach a height and spread of around 3 metres.

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Magnolia ‘Felix’

Magnolia Felix | Plant varieties

There’s something quite spectacular about a deciduous magnolia in full bloom. After you’re used to looking at the bare branches in winter, in early spring, the tree transforms into a blaze of colour.

This particular cultivar will certainly delight with its rosy red flowers that can reach a diameter of 30 cm. The stunning blooms are followed by light green leaves that can be up to 25 cm long.

Magnolia ‘Felix’ will reach a height of around 5 metres and a spread of only 3.5 metres.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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