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Wolgan Snow Mallee
SKU Code: N 590
Characteristics: Mallee shrub or small tree 4-6 metres
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
Commonly known as the Wolgan snow gum or mallee snow gum Eucalyptus gregsoniana form a single, or multi-stemmed a lignotuberous mallee stemmed weeping habit with young stems being burgundy-red in colour that changes to a white-grey bark that is shed in ribbons with age.
Thick and leathery lanceolate, glossy grey-green leaves contrast well with the red coloured stems and the white aged smooth trunk. Flowering occurs during the summer months in clusters of fluffy white flowers.
An attractive mallee that performs well in extremely cold, frosty environments.
Prefers well-drained soils in an open sunny position, frost and wind hardy, drought tolerant.
Occurs naturally at high altitudes in the Blue Mountains, the Budawang Range, and the Braidwood area of New South Wales.
Eucalyptus gregsoniana was previously known as Eucalyptus pauciflora var. nana until 1973 when the name
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.
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 many parts of 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.
Wikipedia- Cold stratification
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