The Red Flowering Gum tree (Eucalyptus Ficifolia) is the Official Tree of the City of Ventura. It is native to Australia, first introduced to California in 1873. It became popular as a drought-tolerant evergreen street tree decades ago. There are many mature Red Flowering Gums on Thompson Blvd and Seaward Avenue. The bright red or pink blooms are most visible in late summer, and are attractive to bees.