We drove to the nearby town of Alstonville today - about 20 km inland and 200 metres above sea level. We found lots of Illawarra Flame Trees in flower, but it's a little late in the season for the massed displays of crimson-coloured flowers for which the tree is named. Although named for the Illawarra region, south of Sydney, it occurs naturally from there to the very north of the east coast. Although most of us mainly encounter it in gardens and as a street tree.

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