This is a fabulous variety. Widely planted in California and Australia, E. nicholii deserves wider planting in the UK. The foliage is unlike your typical Eucalypt, resembling more a fine leaved, feathery willow. The tree is very elegant with a light, open crown and beautiful weeping habit.
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Why we like this variety:-
- Seriously elegant tree with dramatic bark - very sophisticated
- Fabulous foliage which can be cut for the house (also keeps the tree pruned)
- Leaves smell amazing, eucalyptus and peppermint
- Good in a pot in your conservatory or on your terrace....in an Air-pot
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus nicholii
Common Name: Narrow leaved Black Peppermint, Willow Peppermint
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: Distribution is limited to a small area, the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales. However, this variety is very widely planted as an ornamental tree in south-eastern Australia.
Nursery Notes: 2020 Spring
Stock of wide range of sizes currently available 1 litre in collections of 4 plants or more up to 20 litre
3 litre stock are looking good at over 4-5ft tall. Small stock ready again in the Autumn
5 litre stock - ranging from 4ft up to 7ft
12 litre ready again late summer and Spring 2021
20 litre stock - grown on for 3-4 more years - heavy duty stock with sturdy trunks at around 3.3m+ tall around 10-12-14cm girth
Description, habit, uses and attributes: This is a fabulous variety. Widely planted in California and Australia, E. nicholii deserves wider planting in the UK in the more sheltered locations, where it won't get battered by northerly winds.
The foliage is unlike your typical Eucalypt, resembling more a fine leaved, feathery willow. The tree is very elegant with a light, open crown and beautiful weeping habit. From a distance the young tree outline is similar to a Silver Birch tree or young weeping willow.
A good choice as a garden specimen tree.
It grows well in a container (air-pots are best) and responds well to pruning; thus lending itself suitable as a conservatory plant and also for patio pots on terraces.
E. nicholii responds well to coppicing and produces excellent cut foliage for flower-arranging.
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots are initially pinky bronze with flecks of gold.
Juvenile foliage is long and narrow, feathery, sage green and looks spectacular against the strong carmine/burgundy stems.
Adult leaves are 12 cm long and 1 cm wide and continue to resemble those of a willow
Bark: in maturity the bark is fibrous and deeply fissured lengthways; the yellow ochre to mushroom colour shreds to reveal underlying layers of dramatic russet foxy brown.
Flowers: White flowers in clusters of 7, appear late summer to early autumn, ours is in flower from end of August onwards well into October - great for the bees
Leaf Aroma: wonderful strong eucalyptus aroma with suffused with peppermint
Rate of Growth: medium to fast, 1.0-1.5 metres per year in optimum conditions
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: 12-15m, but can be kept smaller with occasional pruning
Hardiness: moderate to good hardiness, generally tolerating down to -12 to -14°C on a sheltered free draining site.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: Any reasonable garden soil that is well drained. Plant in a sheltered garden position, protected from the cold northerly and easterly winter winds. However, E. nicholii is formidably heat and drought tolerant (once established).
Grows well for us at Grafton in our swampy yellow clay, occasionally gets battered by northerly winds and seems to take it on the chin! Copes well with the dry clay in the summer months.