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Characteristics: Medium to tall tree to 30 m with 5 m spread
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
One of the two Eucalypts that are the primary food source of Koala’s.
A magnificent specimen or feature tree with an erect stem with smooth pale greyish green bark that peels in large flakes exposing an attractive mottled cream-blue-grey truck.
The young blueish green leaves maturing to green glossy leaves up to 20 cm long and are a primary source of food for Koala's.
Horned shape flower buds occur in groups of 2 to 20 open to form an attractive display of white flowers in the summer months.
Occur naturally in New South Wales and Queensland.
Prefers a medium to heavy moist soil in an open Sunny position. Frost and drought tolerant.
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.
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 18-22°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.