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Goldfields Yellow Flowering Gum
Other common names: Yellow-flowered Blackbutt /Stricklands Gum
Characteristics: Tree to 12m often smaller
Seeds per packet: 20
An erect tree to 12 metres in height but is often seen smaller between 6 and 10 metres.
A very robust species with a dense crown that is fast growing and shapely with a rough dark bark at the base of the truck and greyish to reddish bark above.
Bright yellow flowers occur during the summer.
Native to the Goldfields area of Western Australia between Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Norseman.
Prefers a well-drained soil, either sandy or loamy and is tolerant of salt effected soils. Prefers an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant. Flourish's in arid climates with rainfall of 180 to 250mm annually.
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.