Ceratopetalum gummiferum: is a member of the Cunoniaceae family and is known as the New South Wales Christmas Bush.
Ceratopetalum gummiferum is an erect shrub that will reach a height of five metres. Judicious pruning will keep plants to a more manageable height.
The New South Wales Christmas Bush has light green, trifoliate leaves (with three leaflets). In late spring plants produce sprays of white, star-shaped flowers. The flowers are followed by bright red bracts that light up the plants and surrounding areas.
Ceratopetalum gummiferum occurs on the Central Tablelands and coastal districts of New South Wales.
Plants may be prone to frost damage in colder districts. In these areas plants are best grown in containers on a patio or in dense shrubberies for protection.
Ceratopetalum gummiferum is widely cultivated both in Australia and overseas as a cut flower.
Albery’s Red is a well-known cultivar that is available from nurseries. This cultivar has brilliant red bracts in summer.
Propagate from seed or cuttings. Named cultivars should be propagated from cuttings to preserve the bract colour.