Eucalyptus pulverulenta - Silver Leaved Mountain Gum
A small, multi-branched evergreen tree. The striking foliage is very popular with floral artists -the more you pick, the bushier the plant becomes. This is a good variety for the smaller garden plot. Call us on 07307 413 052 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.
Why we like this variety:-
- Small tree or bush for the smaller garden
- Very prunable, so can be kept under control easily
- Excellent for flower arranging, fresh cut and preserving in glycerine
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus pulverulenta Family: Myrtaceae
Common Name: Silver-leaved Mountain Gum, Silver Gum, Powdered Gum (New South Wales)
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: tree or mallee which is native to New South Wales in Australia
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Description, habit, uses and attributes: A small multi-branched tree, which is becoming more rare in its native Australia, with only a few restricted acres left. Happily it is grown quite frequently in domestic gardens and also for commercial foliage production, so there is no threat of extinction.
It forms a lignotuber, which means it will grow back bushy from the base if cut down by exceptionally cold winters or actively coppiced.
Its striking foliage is very popular with flower arrangers and the more you pick, the bushier the plant becomes, giving you more useful foliage. With sensible pruning, this can be trained into a nicely shaped bush; left to its own devices it can be described as having an 'interesting architecture'. This is a good variety for the smaller garden plot.
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots are a soft violet with a white bloom
Juvenile foliage - is very glaucous with silvery white. The young rounded leaves appear to 'grasp' the stem
Adult foliage - indistinguishable from the juvenile foliage - Rounded glaucous/blue aromatic leaves crowded on stems
Bark: Smooth silvery grey, sometimes with olive, gold and russet tones.
Flowers: creamy white fluffy flowers in profusion, whilst still quite a young tree. We have flowers on one year old plants in the nursery and on warm days they smell sweetly of honey .
Leaf Aroma: very strong typical fresh menthol Eucalyptus aroma. Good foliage for shredding for chicken bedding to discourage red mites - our chickens make nests out of it.
Rate of Growth: slow growing, less than 1 metre per year
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: approx. 10 m - but regular pruning will keep it small and bushy. In my view it is bests grown as a coppiced multi-stemmed tree with 3-5 main trunks.
Hardiness: generally hardy to about -12 to -14°C. Hardiness improves with age; young trees are more susceptible to cold damage at low temperatures.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: Full sun in an open aspect, surrounded by other shrubs to give it a little shelter, so it doesn't get battered by strong winds. Grows in ordinary garden soils, free draining soil (once established, which means you need to water it for the first summer) and it grows well for us at Grafton on our horrible cold wet winter-swampy, summer-cracked alkaline yellow clay! It tolerates intermittently wet soil, but it is not aquatic...