Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora 'Mount Buffalo'

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora 'Mount Buffalo'


Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp pauciflora 'Mount Buffalo'. A very hardy Snow Gum from Mount Buffalo - rare, slow growing, smaller than the type. Has a habit more like E. p. debeuzevillei, but grows to around 6m tall if unpruned.

Call us on 0751 526 1511 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.   


See also its slightly taller cousin E. pauciflora susbp. debeuzevillei - we have some cracking multistemmed stock in 5 litre pots. Similar habit and leaves. Stunning bark. Responds well to pruning in June.


Why we like this variety:-

  • Small, compact, bushy, evergreen tree
  • Very hardy
  • Interesting foliage
  • Excellent for winter gardens, coastal locations and patio pots


Botanical Name: Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. Mt. Buffalo     MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name: Mount Buffalo Snow Gum

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: Mount Buffalo, Australia


Nursery Notes:  We have a magnificent 20 litre standard ready now.

We hope to release our next herd of Buffaloes into the wild as follows:-New stock of 5 litre available hopefully September 2020

New stock of 20 litre standards ready Spring 2021

New stock of 30 litre hopefully will be rooted down by end of 2020/beg 2021

Email us if you would like to be put on the early warning list

Description, habit,  uses and attributes:

A very interesting selection from a small area on Mount Buffalo, this Eucalyptus looks more like a small version of E. pauci subsp. debeuzevillei or a mini E. pauci. subsp. niphophila, with multistemmed bushy habit, rounded almost egg-shaped, blue leaves and springy branches; which are designed to shed snow...... if we ever have any.

Lignotuber: E. pauci. subsp. Mt Buffalo has a lignotuber (which is a good thing) and it will regenerate from the base of the trunk if cut down by man, beast or nature.

How to use in the landscape and/or garden:

Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape and for the smaller garden: - delightful ornamental choice for the smaller garden as an individual specimen and also in a larger gardens or parkland setting.  Good winter garden tree, being evergreen and with fantastic white bark. All year round interest and desirable architectural habit


Hedge Screens & Windbreaks: good species for windbreak screening in coastal gardens as Mount Buffalo will tolerate salt laden winds. Prune every spring (March 18th) to encourage bushiness.


Ecology: Eucalyptus flowers are an excellent source of pollen and nectar for honey bees and other beneficial insects


Environmental: E. pauci. subsp. 'Mt Buffalo'  is worth trialling on exposed, free draining stony ground where other tree species may struggle to flourish.


Pot Culture outdoors: E. pauci. subsp. Mt Buffalo is an excellent specimen for growing in an Air-pot container in a heavy large patio pots. Good all year round features, beautiful foliage and compact bushy habit.  In spring (National Eucalyptus Day is March 18th), prune every branch back to a strong bud to encourage bushiness. Snow gums also benefit from the tip pruning of the Spring growth during 1st week in June if you want to keep them compact and bushy.


Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots: very flexible, burgundy to tawny port coloured (covered in white wax - glaucous), with large bright golden buds - very striking

Juvenile foliage: striking french blue, leathery, large, rounded to egg-shaped, quite unlike the lanceolate form of straight E. pauciflora.

Adult foliage: elongated, more lanceolate than the juvenile form


Bark: begins blue/lime green, becoming beautifully patterned with age. Smooth pale silveery grey to pure pearl white with an additional mosaic of cinnamon, cream, olive and pewter, which shreds in ribbons from both the trunk and branches.


Flowers: fluffy and white


Leaf Aroma: typical Eucalyptol aroma, but faint

Rate of Growth: slow to moderate for a Eucalyptus, which is still quite fast in normal terms of reference. About 1.0-1.2m per year


Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  Estimated to grow to around 6 to 7m or less with a compact bushy habit. E. pauci. subsp. Mt Buffalo can be pruned every spring (March 18th is National Eucalyptus Day), if required; cut back the shoots to a fat healthy bud.


Hardiness:  Generally tolerating down to around -18°C, exposed locations and salt laden winds, this is one of the hardiest of all Eucalyptus! Please note younger trees are less tolerant of frost and may suffer exposure damage in early years at low temperatures

Planting Position and Soil Preference:  E. pauci. subsp. 'Mt Buffalo'  enjoys a sunny open aspect.  It does not need rich fertile soil, but does require very good drainage; after all, it is used to growing on rocky outcrops in the wild. Sadly, not one for wet clay soils.  Its very happy growing in cooler climates like the UK, but can persuaded to grow in hotter countries, given sufficient water during the summer.  A good choice of species for coastal planting, being able to thrive in salt-laden, windy locations.  E. pauci. subsp. 'Mt Buffalo' has a fine root system and particularly benefits from the introduction of Rootgrow to help it establish at the time of planting out.

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.


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