Eucalyptus ligustrina - Privet Leaved Stringbark
Privet-leaved stringybark. Superb small green Eucalyptus tree for the smaller garden or patio pot. Neat juvenile foliage gives way to glossy 'privet-shaped' foliage. Large clusters of white flowers - good for bees. Enjoys dry stoney, sandy soils. Call us on 0751 5261511 for assistance in choosing your Eucalyptus.
Why we like this variety:-
- Small evergreen Eucalyptus tree
- Enjoys dry sandy soils and free draining ground
- Green glossy foliage, which looks at home in the UK landscape
- Bushy habit, which can be encouraged with pruning
- Good in patio pots
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus ligustrina MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
Common Name: Privet-leaved Stringybark (southeast Australia)
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: occurs mainly in the Blue Mountains, but also can be seen in New South Wales from Gibraltar Range National Park in the north to Deua National Park in the south.
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Nursery Notes 2019: Autumn
Seriously heavy duty mature stock of E ligustrina in 9 litre pots. Sturdy trunks with bushy heads
2 trees at 240-270cm tall with 10-12cm girth
1 multistemmed bushy one at 240cm tall
More young stock available in 2020
Description, habit, uses and attributes: Often overlooked, this member of the Eucalyptus family is so unlike its blue leaved relatives. Depending upon the chosen growing method, E. ligustrina can be a large bushy shrub (kept bushy by annual pruning), a mallee (multi-stemmed tree) or standard tree with a single trunk.Ligustrum is the Olive Family of which the Privets are a member and there is more than a similarity in appearance of E. ligustrina and an Olive tree with the swept up stems and textured bark.
Lignotuber: it has a lignotuber (which is a good thing) and will regenerate off the root stump if cut down by man, beast or nature.
How to use in the landscape and/or garden: Good small evergreen specimen tree for the wider landscape/for the smaller garden: it would be an excellent choice for the urban garden, where it could be clipped to form 'shrub on a stick' type small tree. Allowed to grow naturally taller, it could add structure to a formal planting scheme. E. ligustrina grows naturally on thin, poor dry soils and would be an superb addition to an australasian or xerophytic planting scheme (gravel gardens).
Patio Pots: could be trained as a bush or standard 'lollipop' tree in a large patio pot. (see our notes on growing in containers)
Screens: we have not trialled ligustrina as a hedging specimen, but single trees (or trees in groups) will provide privacy screening all year round.
Rural/Agricultural: an evergreen tree with green foliage that would not look out of place in a rural environment, where dry or free draining soil is present.
Ecology/Environmental: large flower clusters will provide pollen and nectar for foraging bees and other insects, whilst the evergreen canopy provides shade and shelter for small mammals and birds; especially good on dry slopes and thin difficult and/or sandy soils. Worth trialling on the slopes of reclamation sites.
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots - carmine in colour, round in cross section and slightly 'bobbly' in texture.
Juvenile foliage: neat little green leaves, with a crinkly edge in mid-green, about 1 cm long, on short petioles.
Adult foliage: dark green, glossy and privet shaped, blade lanceolate to falcate to ovate, 3–10 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide.
Bark: rough, thick texture and stringy; in pewter and foxy-red to coffee brown
Flowers: white and in very large clusters of 9-11 per group.Leaf Aroma: moderately strong Eucalyptus aroma when crushed
Rate of Growth: quite fast when compared with other evergreen trees, but quite slow for the Eucalyptus family, almost as slow as E. vernicosa (which also has little leaves). Around 1-1.2m per annum
Height in 20 years, if left unpruned: around 7m tall and below 10m Can be kept small and bushy though annual clipping, if required.
Hardiness: This one is a bit of an unknown quantity as there is not sufficient data available. Generally hardy down to -8°C . It may survive down to -10°C or even -12°C Be a Eucalyptus pioneer and let us know how you get on!Planting Position and Soil Preference: E. ligustrina occurs naturally on heathlands and in dry sclerophyll woodland on poor soils, skeletal sandy soils derived from sandstone or acidic granite. We suspect that this species will thrive on neutral to acidic soil pH and as yet have not experimented with it on alkaline soils. It is unlikely to be happy on boggy wet clays, but we have as yet to try this out!
Plant in an open sunny aspect on slopes, free draining ground and/or dry stoney/sandy soils. Tolerant of dry and drought conditions once established; it will need watering to become established.
Make life easier for you and your new tree: Plant with the mycorrhizal fungi product Rootgrow. Eucalyptus in particular have a special, lifelong relationship with their root fungi, the latter of which actively transport food and water directly into the tree roots, helping your new Euc establish faster and more efficiently, particularly in challenging types of soil.Meaning of the name ligustrina: botanical latin meaning resembling a privet leaf. Note: This plant first appeared in scientific literature in the year 1828, in the Prodromus Systematis Naturalis Regni Vegetabilis. Authored by the prominent Swiss botanist, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle. (ref: Wikipedia)