Eucalyptus subcrenulata

Eucalyptus subcrenulata


Tasmanian Alpine Yellow Gum. A good all round evergreen tree, with many useful attributes.

Medium sized tree of moderate to fast growth rate.

Tasmanian Alpine Yellow Gum grows into an attractive specimen tree for open space. Can be coppiced to produce firewood for your log burning stove and fire-pit.  Call us on 0751 526 1511 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.  


Why we like this variety:-

  • Very attractive, hardy, ornamental evergreen tree
  • Very well behaved, doesn't grow too fast and responds well to pruning
  • Very productive and useful variety for hedging, floral art, firewood
  • Lovely deep apple green leaf colour with a strong spicy aroma


Botanical Name: Eucalyptus subcrenulata          Family: Myrtaceae

Common Name: Alpine Yellow Gum, Tasmanian Alpine Yellow Gum (Tasmania)

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: A native species found only on high plateaux and mountains of Tasmania, mostly in the central part of the island and Mt. Field and closely related to E. johnstonii and E. vernicosa


  • Nursery Notes 2020: Spring/Summer

    Current stocks of year 3 litre are good at around 90-120cm.

    Year 3 x 3 litre stock at a good height 150-180cm (5-6ft)

    5 litre stock ready at around 90-120cm and 180-210cm tall

    12 litre multi-stems are 100-120cm - bushing up nicely

    9 litre limited edition stock are very good value with fat trunks - good collateral

    12 litre standards beginning to form a head and looking great

    45 litre multistems are very bushy

    100 litre bushes are amazing!

    1 litre starter trees are available as part of our cut foliage offers


    Description, habit,  uses and attributes: Not your typical idea of a Eucalyptus, with its beautiful glossy apple green leaves, but it's definitely one of our favourites. Eucalyptus subcrenulata is a good all round variety, with many useful attributes. A medium sized tree of moderate to fast growth rate. It grows into an attractive specimen tree for open space.

    Eucalyptus subcrenulata can be grown as a multistemmed patio pot specimen - best in an air-pot, inside a heavy, decorative terrace pot.

    The foliage cuts well for use in floral art

    Eucalyptus subcrenulata is worthy of planting for timber production and biomass (firewood) production because it is extremely hardy, forms a lignotuber, responds well to coppicing and gives a good yield.

    The foliage and shoots are relatively unpalatable to rabbits and deer, making it a good survivor in the field.  It is known to produce a valuable timber crop

    Eucalyptus subcrenulata forms an attractive hedge or evergreen screen of around 2-3 m tall.  It is unusual for a Eucalyptus in that it can keep its branches down at ground level - a good feature if you want to use it for hedging.

    Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots crimson, bronze then green

    Juvenile foliage is a glossy deep apple green with red edges, deepening to dark apple green with time; the leaves are opposite, on square stems

    Adult foliage is elongated, pendulous and a deep apple green

    Bark: beautiful bark with 'scroll-work' type pattern. Peels in coffee coloured vertical strips.  When the bark sheds in July,  a golden liquid amber coloured underbark is revealed before turning olive green/coffee again.  Looks very artistic after rain.

    Flowers: white through to cream, in groups of 3. Our trees flower August onwards well into October - great for autumn foraging honey bees.

    Leaf Aroma: strong and spicy when crushed

    Rate of Growth: Medium to Fast at 1-1.5 m per year

    Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  approximately 15 - 20m, although some specimens can attain a greater height under optimal conditions. Easy to keep smaller by regular pruning - March 18th and end of May.

    Hardiness:  good hardiness rating, happy down to around -14 to -16°C

    Planting Position and Soil Preference: Tolerant of a wide range of normal garden soils including those that are poorly drained.  E. subcrenulata  enjoys moist soils and will dry up wet ground, making it more usable.  Would probably need trialling on a free draining sandy soil.  Prefers full sun. E subcrenulata grows very well for us at Grafton Nursery on our horrible winter-swampy, summer-arid yellow alkaline clay, so it should do well anywhere that is better than our soil!   Needs trialling on a limestone soil, may be ok if offered support with Iron sulphate or sequestered iron with slow release sulphur chips in March.


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