Eucalyptus paliformis - Wadbilliga Ash

Eucalyptus paliformis - Wadbilliga Ash


The Wadbilliga Ash is a rare slow growing evergreen tree for dry and well drained soils. A great choice for xerophytic, Mediterranean and Australian themed garden landscapes; especially architectural when planted in a small group of 5 or 7.

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Why we like this variety:-

  • Good bark detail
  • Small to moderately sized tree of slender stature (not a thug)
  • Good in dry and free draining soils
  • Green foliage which looks comfortable in the British landscape


Botanical Name: Eucalyptus paliformis    MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name: Wadbilliga Ash

Status: Evergreen Tree        Origin: Wadbilliga Plateau, New South Wales, Australia

Description, habit,  uses and attributes:

A medium sized, slender Eucalyptus with a light, open, narrow canopy, allowing plenty of sunshine in at ground level. The branches are held at around 45 degrees to the trunk with the branchlets holding neatly arranged clusters of shiny dark green leaves, giving a feathery effect.

E. paliformis is a rare tree found growing in only a few restricted acres of its natural habitat and rare in cultivation, which makes it interesting to grow.
Lignotuber: no lignotuber present

How to use in the landscape and/or garden:

and How to grow or train E. paliformis  to get the best out of it


Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape and medium sized garden; grow as a single tree or plant in small groups for good effect. Excellent choice for areas with low rain fall and dry/free draining soils, where other tree species may struggle to make healthy growth. E. paliformis  is a good evergreen accent tree for raising the eye upwards out of the immediate foreground; an ideal addition to a xerophytic or Australasian themed garden, particularly striking when planted in a group of 5 or 7.


Sometimes grows as a mallee (inspite of the lack of lignotuber): can be kept as a single trunk specimen by pruning out the additional trunks, if they appear

To grow as a bushier tree, prune out the growing point in the early years

  • Rural/Agricultural: the green leaves held in upright clusters resemble willows, so E. paliformis does not look too 'foreign'; but unlike most willows, this evergreen tree is happy in dry soils
  • Ecology: flowers are good for bees and other pollinating insects
  • Environmental: worth trialling on poor soils, free draining slopes where other tree species may struggle.
  • Pot Culture outdoors:  E. paliformis can be grown in a large heavy patio pot. (see our notes on pot cultivation) We suggest you prune out the growing point early on, to encourage bushiness and to evenly prune back the branches and side shoots annually in spring, to maintain a compact bushy habit


Shoots 'n Leaves: young shoots and stems are deep burgundy carmine colour

Juvenile foliage - elliptical at the outset quickly becoming willow or strap-like (narrowly lanceolate, 6.5–11 cm long, 1.5–2 cm wide). They are a glossy, dark green.

Adult foliage - very similar to the juvenile; glossy dark green, slightly longer and narrow, held vertically in clusters giving a feathery appearance

Bark: tactile, smooth bark, seal grey to olive green with some chalk white. Newly exposed bark is lemon yellow 


Flowers: white flowers in groups of 7 per umbel


Leaf Aroma: quite strong, traditional Eucalyptus

Rate of Growth: slow to moderate for a Euc, about 3ft per year.  E. paliformis  grows slowly to begin with, establishing a root system and then growing slightly faster after a few years


Height in maturity, if left unpruned: approx. 10-12m, but of slender habit

Hardiness:   E. paliformis  is one of the hardiest of the true Ash group of Eucs, tolerating down to around -12 to -14°C when mature, in a sheltered aspect; must have free draining soil.  South and West side of the UK where it is milder and also locations below the Gloucester/London line, also mild island climates.  Should survive around -8 to -10 °C when young.


Planting Position and Soil Preference:  Full sun and good free draining soils, stoney, gravelly conditions and dry soils. Tolerates low rain fall. Water well in the summer months when young to get it established.  E. paliformis should do well on shallow slopes and the eastern side of England where conditions are drier.

This is a Eucalyptus that will not thrive in wet soil conditions.
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: Botanical Latin paliformis :- 'stake-like', refers to the slim, erect trunks


Notes: Just to illustrate the complicated nature of Eucalyptus classification -  E. paliformis is a smooth barked green-leaved Ash in the Strictae series because amongst other features it has a mallee habit,  smooth bark and green foliage. Within the Strictae group, there is a sub-series Regulares which E. paliformis  shares with  E. approximans and E. cunninghamii, because they all have oil glands that are round in outline ! 


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