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EUCALYPTUS amygdalina

Black Peppermint

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Family: Myrtaceae

Subfamily: Myrtoideae

Characteristics: Medium to tall tree 10-30 m with a 7-20 m spread

Seeds per packet: 30

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The "Black peppermint" is a peppermint-type eucalypt that is widespread in Tasmania apart from the south-west.

The distinctive features of this tree are the combination of narrow leaves 1 cm wide or less and fibrous bark running to the small branches. Club shaped flower buds with rounded caps open to cream flowers that occur from spring to summer in clusters of clusters of 7 to 15.

A species for revegetation.

Prefers a well-drained soil and is relatively drought tolerant and frost resistant. 

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

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 10-28 days in the right condition.

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.

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