Red-flowering Gum, Corymbia ficifolia
Location: Tom Parker Avenue
Significance: Aesthetic Value
Widely held to be the most beautiful of all the flowering eucalypts, these trees were donated by Tom Parker, a well-known Napier businessman who also served his community as a councillor. The Tom Parker Fountain in the Marine Parade Gardens was another of Mr Parker's gifts to the city.
Lining both sides of Tom Parker Avenue, the gums put on a spectacular display when they flower in December/January, and their pitcher-shaped nuts make them an attractive addition to the street at any time of year.
The Red-flowering Gum can grow up to 10 metres high, but the trees tend to be small along the western end of the street, due in part to less favourable soil conditions in the area at the time of planting.