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Characteristics: Tree 20 m spread 4 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
The beautifully patterned bark of the snow gum makes this quite a stunning show piece. Can grow to 20 metres after many years, but usually smaller in cultivation. Often growing with a crooked trunk with many branches rich in colour.
White flowers in clusters appear from Oct to Jan. Although this Eucalypt originates from the snow line of the high ground it can be successfully grown in a range of climates.
Native to south eastern Australia.
Prefers a light to heavy moist 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.
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 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.