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Other common names: Sliver Mallee
Characteristics: Mallee shrub 5 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packet: 20
The Curly Mallee is an attractive small tree with interesting buds and attractive flowers. Smooth bark over most of the trunk and persistent and flaky bark at the base. Leaves may be lanceolate to broadly egg shaped or heart shaped which may be green, grey-green or blue-grey.
Buds are carried in clusters of 3-9 with a pointed cap. Flowers are two centimetres across, pale yellow, profuse and conspicuous. Flowering occurs between June and December.
Native to the arid regions of South Australia and NSW.
Prefers a light to medium soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant. Once establish survives on limited water.
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.