Eucalyptus stellulata - Black Sally

Eucalyptus stellulata - Black Sally

PriceFrom £54.00

Beautiful flowers, foliage and bark help make this a superb specimen evergreen tree. 

It develops a dense crown in maturity and so is a good choice if you want a tree to provide shade.  Excellent choice for cut foliage. Can be grown as a tall patio pot tree.  For help in choosing your Euc. call us on 07307 413 052.


Why we like this variety:-

  • Excellent ornamental specimen tree
  • Beautiful flowers, foliage and bark
  • Good as a patio pot tree (in an air-pot)  


Botanical Name: Eucalyptus stellulata        Family: Myrtaceae

Common Name:  Black Sallee, Black Sally, Muzzlewood (southeast Australia)

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: It naturally grows near Wallangarra, New South Wales, down through the Australian Capital Territory to near Melbourne, Victoria where it usually grows in open flat areas of the tablelands and mountains.

Etymology: stellulata - star-like

sallee - we think this is a corruption of Sallow, such as in 'willow-like', with its pale green bark, long drooping foliage and slightly weeping habit.

Muzzlewood - the wood was used to make muzzles for young calves that were being weaned, possibly because the young bark is soft and pliable


Nursery Notes 2020: Spring/Summer

3 litre stock - 900-120cm - 2nd year stock - ready now

Some sturdy year 3 stock also now ready in 3 litre

5 litre stock - lovely stock ready now - limited numbers

12 litre standards  - very pleased with these - ready now. Trunks are 6-8 and 8-10 girth - so nice and sturdy

20 litre trees - really pleased with these - nice shape, sturdy, bushy standards

Description, habit,  uses and attributes: Eucalyptus stellulata is an easy, relatively small tree which can be grown as a single stemmed specimen or a multi-stemmed tree.

It develops a dense crown in maturity and so is a good choice if you want a tree to provide you with some shade.

It has an elegant habit, reminiscent of a weeping willow, certainly in its formative years, making it an attractive tree for the landscape.

Considered by botanists to be one of the snow gums, because (amongst other features) the adult foliage has parallel veins, but oddly this variety naturally inhabits valley floors and boggy areas with poor drainage; whereas snow gums tend to inhabit high altitude rocky free draining areas.

Eucalyptus stellulata forms a lignotuber, coppices well and this characteristic can be optimised to control the overall size of the tree. Grow it up to a certain size and then cut it down; then grow it up again as a multi-stem and so on.  Rotation time is approximately 5-7 years.


How to use this species:

  • Grow as an Evergreen Screen: The dense foliage and responsive attitude to pruning  would also make it an ideal candidate for growing as a tall screening plant; we are currently trialling this at our nursery. 6 trees were planted during late summer 2012.  As of 2020, they now have trunks of around 5 inches (125cm) in diameter and are pollarded every other spring to a height of around 2.4-2.7m.  The young weeping sage-green foliage is really pretty.
  • Cut foliage for Floral Art: the juvenile leaves are especially attractive, so it is worth growing E. stellulata as a pollarded plant so you can harvest the foliage
  • Elegant specimen tree: E. stellulata has the most beautiful bark and foliage - a star performer for a winter feature tree


Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots are crimson

Juvenile foliage are heart shaped, opposite and sessile. Leaf colour is pale lime and sage green suffused with pink

Adult foliage 5-9 cm long and 1.5-2.5 cm wide, elliptical/broadly lanceolate

Bark:  Absolutely beautiful. Slate grey overlaid with lime, moss and olive greens, with a hint of coffee and white patches; reminiscent of London Plane bark. Smooth and very tactile.

Flowers: profuse clusters each of up to 15 buds which open to white star-like flowers; exceptionally pretty. Flowers are followed by tiny fruit pods

Leaf Aroma: Eucalyptus with fantastic pineapple/fruity and balsam aroma

Rate of Growth: slow to get going initially and then fast growth at 1.5-2.0 m per year

Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  Approx. 15 m  Responds well to branch tip pruning and coppicing, so can be kept as a smaller tree

Hardiness:  generally hardy down to -12°C to -14°C. may be even lower with maturity, on a good site.  During the Beast from the East 2017/2018, our E stellulata took the full force of the ice laden easterly winds as it roared up the valley and hit them full on.  They completely defoliated by the March, but quickly leafed out again 4 weeks later, in the spring and made a beautiful and full recovery. 


Planting Position and Soil Preference: Full sun in a sheltered site. Grows in ordinary garden soils but tolerates poor drainage and intermittently swampy soils.

Tolerant of most soils: loam, clay, sandy. May not thrive on a limestone - would need trialling. Practice good husbandry, follow our planting notes and plant deep to ensure good stability with this shallow rooted species.  


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