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Characteristics: Tree or mallee shrub 4-10 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 12
The Spinning Gum is a tree or mallee shrub with smooth bark. Attractive juvenile ovate foliage with that encircle the stems. Adult leaves lanceolate, 8 to 12 cm long and 1.2 to 2.5 cm wide.
Cream-white flowers occur in clusters profusely during the summer and autumn months.
Despite the Spinning gum being a sub-alpine species which grows in areas that are snow covered for several months in winter it is very adaptable and will perform well in almost any temperate climate.
Endemic to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Prefers deep moist loams in a protected sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.
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 21 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.