Eucalyptus coccifera - Tasmanian Snow Gum
Tasmanian Snow Gum or the Mount Wellington Peppermint
Why we like this species:
- Striking aromatic juvenile foliage
- Good medium sized tree with striking bark detail
- Makes for a different distinct hedge or screen
- Good cut foliage for floral art
Architectural species with delicious aromatic foliage – interesting tree, hedge-screens, pots and cut foliage, for free draining soils.
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- Eucalyptus coccifera
- MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
- Common Name: Tasmanian Snow Gum or the Mount Wellington Peppermint
- Status: Evergreen Tree
- Origin: A native tree of Tasmania. It grows in the sub-alpine dolerite areas and also grows as a shrub on margins of the alpine Central Highland Tasmania, Mount Wellington. Often grows at the extreme limits of the tree line.
An interesting species of variable habit. I have seen low growing ones reminiscent of a small alpine snow gum (E. pauciflora subsp niphophila) and tall upright specimens similar to an E. archeri
It originates from a freezing cold mountainous district of Tasmania and enjoys cool summer months with slow but steady growth – so should be happy in the UK! It can be shy to get going, becoming faster growing with time.
Lignotuber: It has one, which is a good thing! E. coccifera will regenerate off the lignotuber if cut down by man, beast or nature. It also produces many shoots from epicormic buds lying dormant beneath the bark higher up the tree; so E. coccifera will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices.
Note: Although is E. coccifera is classified as being a snow gum, it is genetically one of the peppermints (Eucalyptus section Aromatica). All have a strong minty aroma to their leaves. Other members of this group are:- E amygdalina, E nitida, E. pulchella, E risdonii, E tenuiramis
Meaning of the name: Up for discussion. In my opinion - it is a reference to the very distinctive red-maroon coloured bobbly young stems. Euclid says it refers to Coccus infection of the leaves – which I don’t think to be correct. Latin: coccus meaning grain seed or pill and fera meaning bearing.