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. Fasting growing - forms a handsome specimen tree with dense foliage. Call us on 0751 526 1511 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.
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.
Nursery Notes 2019: Autumn/Winter
3 litre - good stocks of year 2 young trees ready now in a range of sizes
5 litre - fabulous chunky 2 year old stock at a good height
12 litre and 20 litre mature stock have good trunk collateral with girths of 6-8cm and 8-10cm and quite tall
30 litre stock have fabulous large rootballs and trunks - just beginning to fatten up with girths of 8-10 and 12-14 cm and heights of up to 4m
100 litre super trees with triple trunks - excellent for screening. We recommend these are kept pruned to around 10m (30ft) annually to keep them healthy.
5 litre, 12 litre trees will be ready from August onwards
Please note E urnigera is only produced in 1 litre to order
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Description, habit, uses and attributes: 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.
A good subject for growing as a specimen tree in your garden.
Definitely deserves to be more frequently planted
Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots glaucous, with a touch of purple bloom
Juvenile foliage beautiful silvery blue, rounded with crinkley edges
Adult foliage: oblong-ovate silvery blue and grey green
Bark: silvery white when young. Maturing to smooth, shredding mosaic of light grey, white, gold, pink, olive & coffee
Flowers: white flowers held in groups of three, in September
Leaf Aroma: Fruity menthol/Eucalyptus with a hint of Cinnamon - reminds me of Christmas
Rate of Growth: Fast growing
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: a medium sized Eucalyptus - growing up to approximately 15m tall and approx. 7-10 m wide in the canopy, which can be controlled with sensible pruning.
Hardiness: generally very hardy tolerating down to -14°C to -16°C, may be even -18°C when mature, on a good site.
Planting Position and Soil Preference: Very hardy Eucalyptus that tolerates difficult growing conditions including intermittently waterlogged soils and exposed locations. However, to grow fast, it needs full sun and a little shelter from exposed windy conditions. Grows well for us at Grafton Nursery on our boggy alkaline yellow clay.