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Other common names: Lerp Mallee, Ridge Fruited Mallee
Characteristics: Small tree or multi stemmed mallee 2-5 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A variable small tree 2 to 5 m tall either single or multi-stemmed with smooth, grey or grey-brown bark, shedding in strips to reveal a paler layer below.
The red new growth of the stems and branches are an attractive feature of the tree. Juvenile leaves are ovate to lanceolate becoming glossy green. Adult leaves are glossy, thick and lanceolate to 150 mm long and 30 mm wide.
Flower buds 23 mm long and 11 mm wide ovate to urn-shaped. Cream, white-yellow flowers sometimes ageing to pink occur in winter to summer.
Endemic to the southern parts of Western Australia and South Australia.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought 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
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.
We now stock a range of Propagation Accessories including the popular Aquamiser Propagation Kits, Pots, Native and Forestry Tubes, Trays, Labels and more.
We can only ship these items to Australian locations, international customers please request shipping quotation prior to purchasing.