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Flat Topped Yate
Characteristics: Mallee to 8 m or tree to 20 m
Seeds per packet: 20
Within its natural range Eucalyptus occidentalis varies in form from a large mallee to 8 m on poorer sites to a tree of up to 20 m in height, typically with an umbrella shaped flat. Bark on the trunk is rough, fibrous and flaky.
Creamy white flowers appear from long elongated buds from September to December but can occur at during the Autumn and winter months depending on the conditions. An early flowering eucalypt that is known to flower within the first year of growth.
Tolerant of seasonally waterlogged sites including areas affected by moderate to high levels of salinity. Tolerates salt laden coastal winds. Drought and frost tolerant.
This species of Eucalypt has a fairly wide range across the southern part of Western Australia, and is mostly found within 150 km of the south coast from west of Albany to east of Esperance.
Adaptable to a range of soils including clay and poor sandy soils. Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position.
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.