Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Fairley's Coral'

Ceratopetalum gummiferum ‘Fairley’s Coral’

This evergreen plant grows into a large pyramidal shrub or small tree that can reach 30′ in its natural habitat, but more generally 15′ to 18′ in cultivation. It has attractive foliage with 3″ glossy leaves divided into three finely serrated leaflets. New leaves emerge a pale green with pink highlights and age to a rich bright green. In late spring erupts a display of small whitish flowers surrounded be long salmon-pink sepals followed by papery seed capsules that darken after the flowers have faded. This often occurs in early to mid summer and can last well into fall if late summer temperatures are not too extreme and if plants are protected from wind.

Pronunciation: ser-at-oh-PET-uh-lum gum-MIF-er-um

Species Meaning: Gum-bearing

Ceratopetalum gummiferum is native to NSW, Australia.


  • Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Fairley's Coral'
    Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Fairley's Coral'

Cultivation Notes

Full sun to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate regularly – do not let dry out completely! Can be pruned in late summer and responds vigorously.

Propagation Notes

Propagate from seeds or cuttings

Additional Information

A 2019 Koala Blooms University of California Santa Cruz Austrian Plant Introduction.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P22161

Found in Pots,

Waiting to find its forever home in the garden.

We acquired this plant from UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (Norries).

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Family: Cunoniaceae

Genus: Ceratopetalum

Species: gummiferum

Variety: Fairley's Coral

Commonly known as: Christmas Bush, Festival Bush

Height: >15ft

Spread: >10ft

Growth Habit:
Water Needs:
Summer - Medium Water
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Average Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9b - down to 25F

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