eucalypt flower graphic
Australian Cultivar Registration Authority
ACRA logo graphic
Descriptions of Registered Cultivars 
Website sponsored by
ANBG logo

Home > CANBR | Gardens > ACRA > Descriptions

Correa 'Glenelg River Red'

Correa reflexa var. speciosa 'Glenelg River Red'

ORIGIN: Correa ‘Glenelg River Red’ is a selection from a wild population of Correa reflexa from the coastal area around the mouth of the Glenelg River near Nelson, Victoria. Mr Pat Urbonus of Armidale, NSW, selected it in 1985. The name refers to the region where it was found. It has been trialed for over 12 years and has been known in the trade as Correa 'Glenelg River Red'. This name is therefore conserved. The applicant was Cherree Densley on behalf of the ASGAP Correa Study Group. Specimen first received by the Authority 17th June 1999

DESCRIPTION: Low-growing shrub to c. 25 cm x 1.8 m with a dense habit. Branchlets sparsely tomentose with minute tan-coloured stellate hairs becoming brown and glabrous with age w4th occasional short stellate hairs. Simple cordate leaves, 18 mm x 10 mm, shortly petiolate. Leaf apices obtuse, leaf bases cordate, venation reticulate, margins entire, slightly undulate. Upper surfaces of mature leaves dark green and scabridulous. Upper surfaces of young leaves dark green, slightly scabridulous with occasional tan-coloured stellate hairs. Lower surfaces pale-green, sparsely tomentose with tan coloured stellate hairs. Calyces hemispherical, 4 mm high, tomentose with tan-coloured stellate hairs and shortly mucronate. Corolla obconical 30 mm x 10 mm, bright red with yellow-green tips. Anthers exerted, narrow oblong and obtuse. Peak flowering is from March to July in most districts.

DIAGNOSIS: This cultivar conforms generally to descriptions for C. reflexa var. speciosa by Wilson (1998). Wilson suggests that this variant from far south-east SA is intermediate in morphology between C. reflexa var. scabridula and the south-west Victorian variant of C. reflexa var. reflexa. It is similar to C. 'Raelene Goldie' in flower colour but differs in leaf size (27 mm x 16 mm) and flower size (33 mm x 9 mm). It varies in flower colour from other C. reflexa var. reflexa cultivars, such as C. Dawn Glow', C. Granny's Grave', C. 'Icicle' and C. 'Narrow Neil'.


Corolla tube: 39A, tips 145B

Flower buds: 45C, tips 191C

Leaves upper surface: 139A

Leaves lower surface: 195A

CULTIVATION: This cultivar is frost and drought hardy and has a low-growing dense growth habit. The tubular bright-red flowers, which appear in early autumn, are an attractive feature of the plant and are displayed for many months. It is easy to grow from cuttings and is bird attractive. This form would be suited to most garden conditions but grows best in a sunny position. It is lime tolerant and responds favourably to light pruning. It would suit tub and rockery planting and as well as foreground planting in garden beds.