Eucalyptus mitchelliana - mount buffalo sallee
Mount Buffalo Sallee. A really beautiful small to medium sized weeping tree with glossy green foliage with a golden aura
Very rare in the UK. Great tree for free draining stoney ground. Hardy to around -16°C
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Why we like this variety:-
- Small to medium tree of elegant semi-weeping habit
- Excellent specimen tree, especially for winter interest
- Delightfully reminiscent of Silver Birch, only evergreen
- Easy to grow in sharp draining ground
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus mitchelliana Family: Myrtaceae
Common Name: Mount Buffalo Sallee or Gum
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: Sub-alpine zone of rocky granite outcrops on Mount Buffalo, Victoria
Named after Major Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (1792–1855), Surveyor-General of New South Wales
Nursery Notes 2019: Spring New stock will be available in 12 litre pots in late Summer
Description, habit, uses and attributes: Rare and beautiful small to medium sized tree of mallee (bushy) habit with an open crown and pendulous leaves. Needs a little time to get its roots down and become established, for a Eucalyptus, but takes off pretty well after a few months in the ground.
Eucalyptus mitchelliana forms a lignotuber (which is a good thing) and belongs in Eucalyptus subgenus section Longitudinales, which it shares with E. stellulata and E. moorei (with 2 subspecies).
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots tinged purple
Juvenile foliage: lanceolate, with purple tinges, almost feathery habit
Adult foliage: narrowly lanceolate around 7-15 cm long, often bright green, with red petioles on young plants, blue-green on older plants. From a distance, the foliage is glossy green with a slight golden hue.
Bark: Smooth, pure white through cream to seal grey, often with olive green highlights. Peels in strips and flakes
Flowers: white in clusters
Leaf Aroma: fruity Eucalyptus
Rate of Growth: slow and bushy in habit
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: up to around 12-15m (40 feet) - think height of a Silver Birch tree
Hardiness: generally tolerates down to -13 to -16°C, must have a free draining soil in winter.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: Tolerant of exposed conditions, very hardy. Does not appreciate boggy soils, likes free-draining stoney conditions. Probably best on neutral to acid soils.In Australia E. mitchelliana enjoys a cool summer climate - so it should love the UK!