Eucalyptus parvula - Small Leaved Gum
Extremely hardy down to -14 to -18 °C, one of the very hardiest of the Eucalypts. A fantastic, adaptable species, with many uses. It has neat little leaves and has a more compact habit than most of the other species. Grows into a small elegant tree of semi-weeping habit, ultimately with a broad spreading crown. Call us on 07307 413 052 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.
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A very versatile, adaptable Eucalyptus with many attributes. E. parvula deserves to be more frequently planted, many gardeners don't realise how good a species it is.
Ideal for the smaller garden, which cannot accommodate a large Eucalyptus. An interesting variety, it has neat little leaves and a more compact habit than most of the other species; once described in our nursery as being like an alpine Hebe on steroids! Short term (first year), it forms a tall shrub. The following year, it grows into a small elegant tree of semi-weeping habit, ultimately with a broad spreading crown, where it retains some of its juvenile foliage (unusual for Eucalypts).
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus parvula (formerly parvifolia) MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
Common Name: Small-leaved Gum, Kybean Gum
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: New South Wales, Victoria The botanists recently renamed this species E. parvula, because E. parvifolia was used to describe a Eucalyptus fossil record in 1895 and therefore cannot be used to name the modern living species.
Why we like this variety:
- Excellent small to medium sized evergreen tree
- Beautiful leaves and bark
- Slow growing for a Eucalyptus, prunable, neat habit
- Tolerates very difficult, poor soil conditions
- Extremely hardy
I love this note from Euclid about the Australian distribution of E. parvula:"A small tree of restricted but scattered distribution on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales east of Cooma, from near Badja south to Dragon Swamp near Cathcart, preferring damp cold sites on grassy plains."
How can you resist a tree that hails from a place called Dragon Swamp?