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Blue Leaved Mallee
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Other common names: Ghost Mallee
Characteristics: Small tree or Mallee 6 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 15
An attractive malle with smooth bark that is sometimes orange brown and shed in ribbons. The blueish grey leaves together with the bark are features of this mallee.
White to cream flowers occur in clusters of 7-11. As with most Mallee's this is excellent species for the smaller garden with outstanding foliage and attractive flowers.
Native to Victoria where it is confined to a small area and classified as rare in the wild.
Prefers sands or sandy loam with good drainage in an open sunny position, drought and resistant to mild frost. Survives on limited rain falls.
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.