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  • San Diego Zoo

Bloom time (approximate):

  • Fall

Gardens

Plants: Species

Firewheel Tree Stenocarpus sinuatus

FAMILY: PROTEACEAE (Protea Family)

With blossoms that look like fiery whirly gigs and contrasting dark green leaves,the aptly named firewheel tree Stenocarpus sinuatus is one of Australia's most spectacular trees. The tree can reach heights of up to 60 feet (18 meters), and a few of the world's firewheels have even come close to 90 feet (27 meters). At the San Diego Zoo, however, the tallest firewheels are in the 20-foot (6-meter) range, making it much easier to see their splendid blossoms!