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Tristaniopsis laurina - Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina interesting for the contrast of the dark new branches, pale older bark and dark green leaves. I was first caught by the pale bark, this gradually is replaced by a gray cobbled bark as the trees get older. Tristaniopsis laurina grows to 30 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The Water Gum is moderately drought tolerant, but probably much happier in a water rich environment, such as a well drained lawn. The roots are less of a problem than most making this a good choice for street trees or narrow planters where other trees might shift concrete walkways or drives every which way. Tristaniopsis laurina has fragrant flowers for an extended period from late Spring through the middle of the Summer. Tristaniopsis laurina is Winter hardy into the low to mid 20's. Plants were heavily damaged by temperatures in the 17-18° range and took quite some time to recover.

High resolution photos of Tristaniopsis laurina are part of our garden image collection.

Tristaniopsis laurina, Water Gum