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Golden Penda

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xanthostemon (zan-tho-STEE-mon) (Info)
Species: chrysanthus (kris-ANTH-us) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California

Spring Valley, California

Mulberry, Florida

Hawaiian Paradise Park, Hawaii

Chalmette, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 4, 2013, selinastreet9 from Kajang,
Malaysia wrote:

These there were planted to decorate roads by the housing developer of the housing estate that I am currently living in - Lowlands Malaysia. Temperatures are around 25C-35C with an annual rainfall of about 360".

They flower a few times a year, very pretty bright yellow flowers and unusual because they weren't local trees. The trees grow upright with little shade value, which is good because they do not obscure motorists' vision. If they can be pruned to be bushy, I would love to grow this as a standard. Can they? 'Have secateurs, will travel' to snip a cutting!


On May 7, 2007, burung from Keaau, HI wrote:

Just bought a small cutting at plant fair in Hilo, Hawaii.(Big Island). A local nursery in Pahoa is selling them. I will let you know how it fares. burung


On Jun 23, 2004, LouisianaSweetPea from Mount Hermon, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

At the end of March, 2004, I purchased a small Golden Penda tree. It is growing healthily in coastal Louisiana (Zone 9a).

This evergreen tree from Australia is supposed to be relatively new to the United States, and is known as 'junjum' among aboriginal Australians, who use its hardwood for swords, spear points and digging sticks.

The Golden Penda, as it is commonly known here, is a medium-sized rainforest tree which may reach 65 feet in its natural environment but is usually smaller in cultivation (anywhere from 15 to 35 feet have been suggested). It responds well to pruning and may be kept to small-tree or large-shrub proportions if pruned annually.

Leaves are lance-shaped. New leaves start out red, contrasting beautifully with the older, gl... read more