In December around where I live in Western Australia there is a burst of colour before the summer heat dries off everything. Some of our native trees put on a glorious show for us, as you can see here.
Another glorious yellow flowering tree are the Banksia family. I think they look like giant Christmas candles. The flower cylinders grow up to 10-40cm long and 8-10cm wide. There are many different varieties of Banksias - named after botanist Sir Joseph Banks who came to Australia with Captain James Cook. Banksias seem to be one of the plants in Western Australia that has been adversely affected by climate change, as many are now dying.
And of course one of the colours of Christmas is red - and here is the Red Flowering Gum - Eucalyptus ficifolia, now reclassified as Corymbia ficifolia. These trees will grow in most areas of Australia, except for tropical and mountain zones
And the Jacaranda - Jacaranda mimosifolia. This is not an Australian native - it is actually native to Brazil, where they are deciduous, not because of cold winters, but because of the monsoonal wet and dry season. These trees can reach a height of around 10-15m, and a spread of the same size. They drop their flowers in a beautiful blue-purple carpet, which might be why, in our area at least, you see this tree more in older housing areas, rather than new. Although not an Australia native, I have included it because it is so beautiful. Actually they seem to bloom better here in a dry season.
And with all this colour and intoxicating nectar - the bees think they are in heaven -
I hope you have enjoyed my selection of December flowering trees in Western Australia.
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