Acmena floribunda (Sm.) A.Cunn. ex DC.
Angophora intermedia A.Cunn. ex DC.
Angophora ochrophylla R.T.Baker
Eucalyptus florida Brooker
Metrosideros floribunda Sm.
Common Name: Rough-Barked Apple
Angophora floribunda is an evergreen tree with a large light-green coloured crown that has noticeably contorted branches, growing 10 - 20 metres tall. The bole is often short in trees that are growing in the open, it can be 50 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood and resin.
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria
Sub-coastal districts, especially on alluvial flats[
], also to 1200 metres in New South Wales[
]. Found in a variety of habitats, usually on shales and alluvial soils[
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A plant mainly of subtropical areas, just moving into the tropics in eastern Australia, where it is found at elevations up to 1,100 metres. In the temperate zone it will only succeed outdoors in the warmer areas, where winter temperatures rarely fall lower than -5°c. It grows best in areas where annual daytime temperatures are within the range 18 - 30°c, but can tolerate 7 - 41°c[
]. Mature plants can be killed by temperatures of -5°c or lower, but new growth can be badly damaged at -1°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 650 - 850mm, but tolerates 500 - 1,000mm[
Prefers a sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained moisture retentive circum-neutral soil[
]. Tolerates poor and dry soils, especially those low in mineral elements[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 5.5 - 6.5, tolerating 5 - 7[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
]. Plants are not very wind resistant[
Trees lose their branches in high winds[
]. They shed their bark annually[
The flowers are very attractive to bees, but the honey produced is strongly flavoured and normally left in the hive[
An astringent resin, known as kino, is obtained from the trunk[
]. It is used to preserve ropes in water[
The heartwood is light-brown; the sapwood pale and 3 - 6cm wide. The wood is hard, tough, strong and moderately durable. It is normally used for palings, rough farm buildings etc, though good quality logs can yield flooring, cladding and panelling[
The wood is used for fuel[
Seed - sow mid spring in a warm greenhouse. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a sunny position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and give them some protection from the cold for at least their first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth in sandy soil in a frame.