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Bushy Yate Mallee
Characteristics: Small tree or Mallee 3-8 m
Seeds per packet: 20
A decorative ornamental dense, rounded mallee or small tree with branches all the way down to almost ground level. Smooth bark of light pink, grey-brown and red often having an accumulation of older bark at the base of the trunk.
The large clusters of green flowers are preceded by fused clusters of red finger-like buds. Buds, fruit and flowers are excellent for floral and dried arrangements. Frost resistant once established and prefers well-drained soil.
Native to the south coast of Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought, frost and wind 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.