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 2019: Currently in propagation, 5 litre E nitida will be available again late summer. Do email me if you want to be put on the early warning list for when they are ready.
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.