Eucalyptus urnigera - Urn Gum
E. urnigera is one of our personal favourites and in our opinion it is a more superior ornamental tree than E. gunnii; the foliage and bark are more vibrant and it displays its tresses of foliage in a more attractive fashion. Fast growing - forms a handsome specimen tree with dense foliage.
Why we like this variety:
- Fast growing into a handsome dense foliaged screening tree
- Good garden specimen tree
- Proposed as a variety for 'grow your own logs'
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus urnigera Family: Myrtaceae
Common Name: Urn Gum, Urn Pod Gum
Status: Evergreen Tree
Origin: the rocky slopes of south-eastern Tasmania
Named because of its distinctive urn shaped flower buds and seed capsules - a defining characteristic.
Planting Position and Soil Preference
How to Use
An uncommon subalpine species and a member of the gunnii group, E. urnigera is of better form (and less palatable to wildlife).
It is also closely related to E. subcrenulata in habit and habitat.
Like E. gunnii, E. urnigera has a blue/silver leaved form and a green leaved form; the silvery blue forms are considered to be more ornamental and are also possibly hardier. E. urnigera is one of our personal favourites and in our opinion it is a more superior ornamental tree than E. gunnii; the foliage and bark are more vibrant and it displays its tresses of foliage in a more attractive fashion.
Fast maturing, when grown in a sheltered location, it quickly provides dense screening in a garden.
It has a lignotuber, responds well to coppicing and is proposed as one of the varieties for UK firewood production. We are currently trialling this variety at our nursery.