Eucalyptus nitida - smithton peppermint
This is quite a fast growing variety, which quickly establishes an attractive domed canopy and gives a garden a sense of maturity within a few years of planting. The gorgeous aroma of peppermint is most noticeable on a warm summers day, when the oils are released from the foliage. Call us on 0751 5261511 for assistance in choosing your Eucalyptus.
Why we like this variety:-
- Quick to produce an evergreen tree, which is manageable
- Attractive elegant foliage
- Fabulous fresh peppermint aroma
- Good level of hardiness
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus nitida
Common Name: Smithton Peppermint, Shining Peppermint, Shiny leaved Peppermint, Peppermint (Tasmania)
Status: Evergreen Tree
Seed Source: Provence Florentine Valley, Tasmania 1200 ft
Nursery Notes 2020: Summer 5 litre E nitida will be available in a range of heights.
Description, habit, uses and attributes: This is quite a fast growing variety, which quickly establishes an attractive domed canopy and gives a garden a sense of maturity within a few years of planting. The gorgeous aroma of peppermint is most noticeable on a warm summers day, when the oils are released from the foliage.
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots at deep crimson with a bobbly texture
Juvenile leaves are bronze when new, turning blue green as they expand
Adult leaves are glossy, blue green, very long, thin and elegant.
Bark: smooth textured; either silver green or golden grey
Flowers: very large clusters of 15-25 flowers
Leaf Aroma: strong pleasing peppermint
Rate of Growth: Medium to Fast. 1.0-2.0 m per year
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: Responds well to pruning, so can be managed to keep it shorter. Can easily get to around 15-17 m tall and sometimes, if very happy, could grow to 40m
Hardiness: Generally hardy down to -8 to -12°C, in a sheltered aspect once mature, must have free draining soil. South and West side of the UK where it is milder and also below the Gloucester/London line, also mild island climates. Good in coastal aspects.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: This is quite a resilient species, happy in any reasonable garden soil and tolerant of challenging growing conditions, but is not very happy with very wet feet over winter.