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EUCALYPTUS torquata

Coral Gum

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$3.50

Family: Myrtaceae

Subfamily: Myrtoideae

Characteristics: Small to medium tree to 8-12 m spread 4-10 m

Seeds per packet: 15

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An attractive small shade tree with a single trunk and rough greyish bark and pendulous blue-green foliage.

The main feature of the tree is the flower buds which occur in clusters of seven and take on a red colour just before flowering. The bottom section of the cap is ribbed and has a beak like extension. Buds are very distinctive and unlike any other Eucalyptus buds.

Flowers are large and usually coral pink or occasionally white, cream or red. Flowering occurs from spring to midsummer with sporadic blooming at other times.

Endemic to the goldfields region of Western Australia.

Prefers a light to medium well-drained 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.

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 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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