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Other common names: Grampians stringybark
Characteristics: Rounded small tree or mallee to 4 m
Seeds per packet: 10
The bark on the lower trunk or stems are typically flaky and smooth above. White flowers occur from April to November in its native range of the Grampians in Victoria.
Note: Recently re-name as Eucalyptus serraensis this small tree is endemic to the Grampians in Victoria, Australia. The species was formally known as Eucalyptus alpine which is still a commonly used name today.
Prefers a light to medium moist soil in an open sunny position, frost and snow resistant but drought tender.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long.
As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Cold stratification of 28 days is recommended for this Eucalypt. Cold treatment is not critical for germination to occur but should give increased germination rates.
This is cool mountain species of Eucalypt that in its native range has a cold winter prior to germinating in spring. This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 28 days. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 16-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.