Eucalyptus moorei subsp. moorei
Little Sally or Narrow-leaved Sallee. The most beautiful small evergreen tree of elegant habit reaching around 6m, maybe slightly taller in optimum conditions.
Tolerates wet, but draining soils. Fantastic bark. Great for bees. Call us on 0751 5261511 for assistance in choosing your Eucalyptus.
Highly recommended. Read on for more information
Why we like this variety:-
- A most beautiful small evergreen tree of elegant habit
- Excellent for small gardens
- Looks comfortable in the UK landscape, being a soft sage green colour
- Good in patio pots
- Good for bees
- Tolerates difficult intermittently boggy ground and grows in a wide range of soils
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus moorei MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
Common Name: Narrow-leaved Sallee, Little Sallee (New South Wales)
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: To be seen inhabiting the rocky crags of several high mountain localities of New South Wales, including the Blue Mountains, the Budawang Ranges and further south on heathland, Australia
Nursery Notes: 2019 Autumn
Sturdy mature, bushy 3 litre at 2 years old ready now and a good size
5 litre trees and larger specimens available again during 2020
Young 3 litre ready again in 2020
E. moorei is not available in 1 litre pots
Description, habit, uses and attributes:
A small, beautiful and slow (for a Eucalyptus) growing tree, often seen as a multi-stemmed tree (mallee species) reminiscent of a bushy Willow, but can be trained into a fine tree with a single trunk. This species has a very elegant form, with a light airy canopy.
On the build up to flowering, the pale golden petioles and golden star-shaped flower clusters give the whole tree a most beautiful soft radiance.
Lignotuber: forms a lignotuber (which is a good thing) and regenerates off the roots system if cut down by man, beast or nature.
How to use in the landscape and/or garden:
Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape/for the smaller garden. The elegant form ofEucalyptus moorei is a most desirable and looks good in both traditional gardens and those of a xerophytic landscape.
Superb choice for the smaller urban garden: a slower growing compact evergreen Eucalyptus tree, which responds well to pruning, if required.
Its light canopy allows for underplanting of a wide range of plant species.
Associates well with Eucalyptus stricta to maintain a low evergreen canopy planting group, but with variety of foliage interest.
Patio pot subject: Could be cultivated in a large patio pot for several years, pruning out unwanted growth every spring, if necessary. Please see our notes on growing in containers.
Rural/Agricultural: Eucalyptus moorei is an evergreen tree that looks comfortable in the rural landscape, with willow-like foliage and gently swaying branches
Ecology and Environmental: Eucalyptus moorei is good choice for apiculture, prolific flowers providing high quality pollen and nectar for foraging honey bees (as well as other beneficial insects). Could be planted in groups on or near swampy ground to provide cover and shelter for wildlife and establishing plant species, without dominating the landscape.
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots round and green
Juvenile foliage: ovate to elliptical, about 3-4cm long and narrow with a fine point, in a blue-green /sage green colour, becoming glossy green and upright in habit
Adult foliage: golden petioles support long 'willow like', sickle shaped leaves about 3-9cm long; glossy green.
Bark: Beautiful! Smooth, tactile, silver with clotted cream striations, peeling off in strips of cinnamon and caramel to reveal fresh white bark beneath; often with hints of salmon-pink and olive green.
Flowers: golden flower buds open to white flowers in a star-like formation, in very large groups of 7 up to 15; giving a superb show. These are followed by the gumnuts - amazing clusters of up to 15 balls per group, which are held on the lower branches for another year - very attractive.
Leaf Aroma: typical Eucalyptus fragrance
Rate of Growth: fast growing for any other evergreen tree, slow growing for a Eucalyptus, about 4m in 8 years
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: around 6-7m Eucalyptus moorei may get a little taller over a very long period of time, but is more likely to form a small tree.
If coppiced, it will take on the size and fountain shape of a species rose or coppiced Hazel tree
Hardiness: Generally down to -7 to -8°C , could possibly tolerate -10°C to -12°C in a sheltered aspect once mature, must have free draining soil over winter. South and West side of the UK where it is milder and also below the Gloucester/London line, also mild island climates.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: Open aspect in full sun. E. moorei will grow in a wide range of garden soils ranging from mildly alkaline through neutral to acidic and certainly ones which are nutrient poor. Once established it will grow in normal to drier soils (but will need watering to become well established, whilst in its first year of planting).
The most useful feature of this tree species is its adaptability to tolerate cold, wet soils, which are, for short periods, intermittently flooded or slow to drain, like clays and poor sandy soils that are deficient in nutrients: would suit mound planting in wet ground. E. moorei's absolute favourite conditions are coarse, gritting sandy soils in close proximity to, but sitting above swamps or boggy areas: but not all of us have a garden like this!
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:
moorei: after the British botanist Charles Moore (1820–1905), who became Director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens
Sally : a corruption of the English term Sallow meaning Willow (botanical name Salix), because the tree resembles a graceful willow tree and grows in wet conditions
E. moorei subsp. moorei is a member of the Eucalyptus group Longitudinales, along with E. mitchelliana and E. stellulata and can often be seen growing alongside them.