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EUCALYPTUS pleurocarpa

White-Leaved Marlock

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Family: Myrtaceae

Subfamily: Myrtoideae

Characteristics: Mallee or small tree 3 to 4 m spread 2 m

Seeds per packet: 15

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An attractive mallee or small tree with blue-green, waxy white leaves and buds.

Four sided almost cubed flower buds open to white flowers that occur mid-summer in its native range.

The attractive foliage make it an ideal choice for small gardens. Requires little to no maintenance once established.

Endemic to Western Australia with the main population extending into the eastern wheatbelt from the south coast between Albany and Esperance. A smaller population occurs near Eneabba in the mid-west.

It is a hardy plant preferring well drained sandy soil in a sunny position. Tolerate to drought and frost.

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

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a light covering (1-2mm) of the seed raising mix over the seed. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 10-28 days in the right condition.

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.

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