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Eucalyptus glaucescens ‘Tinderry’ – Tingiringi Gum

£109.00

Handsome and versatile – Eucalyptus glaucescens ‘Tinderry’ is exceptionally hardy – its provenance is the extremely cold ski resort in the Australian ‘Alps’.

Why we like this species:

  • This tree has everything you could want in beautiful leaves, ornamental bark and good habit
  • An impressive specimen tree
  • Great when pruned to a bushy shrub or trained as a small tree with clear trunk (prune March and May)
  • Excellent choice for lumber, biomass, firewood logs, and cut foliage
  • Long-lived in very large planters

Sizes Quoted are the approximate height band of the tree above compost level, ie. the height of the tree once planted into the ground. Please note: Eucalyptus are living plants and can grow almost all year round, occasionally we may supply you with a plant that is slightly taller than your order. If this might cause you problems, please include a note with your order.

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Description

Eucalyptus glaucescens ‘Tinderry’ – Tingiringi Gum

Shoots ‘n Leaves: Young shoots – silvery blue often with rose-pink bits
Juvenile foliage: Rounded young leaves are amazingly silver in the spring and are densely packed around the young stems, transitioning to oval, intermediate foliage
Adult foliage: typical lanceolate shape, in glossy green to a jade blue-green; often shimmers silver in the breeze.

Bark: Young bark is silvery green and gives way to stunningly beautiful peeling chalk-white bark on the upper part of the tree; shredding in ribbons, revealing a smooth under layer in a rainbow of colours of coffee, pewter, orange, green, custard and salmon pink. Mature bark on the lower part of the tree is often fibrous and coffee coloured.

Flowers: Cream coloured flowers, in groups of 3 – deliciously sweetly fragrant; usually August into September

Leaf Aroma: Very strong, warm fruity aroma, high in eucalyptol.

Rate of Growth: Fast 1.5-2.0 metres per year

Height in maturity, if left unpruned: Tall. If left to grow unpruned, this Euc can achieve a great height of 12 to 20 metres in the medium term either as a single trunk or multi-trunk, depending on the soil type and degree of exposure. Long term into maturity and under optimal growing conditions, E. glaucescens ‘Tinderry’ could reach over 25m+.   Given plenty of access to moisture during the summer, it can produce a dense bushy crown. Deprived of moisture during the summer months and it will develop a very open, minimalist crown.

If pruned, it can be trained to form a bushy screening tree, a lollipop standard or a multi-stemmed bush like a species rose or coppiced Hazel tree.  Responds well to coppicing and pollarding, when done at the right time of year.  Unless you are growing for cut foliage, please refrain from voluntarily electing to prune your Eucalyptus from August through to February; it can kill it.     To receive monthly pruning and aftercare advice, sign up to our Gumnut Club – its free and you can unsubscribe at any time.  To subscribe – just call or ping us an email to [email protected]

Hardiness: very hardy root-system, tolerating down to around -14 °C to -16 °C mark, once mature.  Hardiness in Eucalyptus is governed by provenance of seed, how it is grown (i.e. high nitrogen levels reduces cold tolerance), age of the tree – the older your tree, the hardier it will be. Younger Eucs are more susceptible to frost damage.

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 160 × 40 × 40 cm
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Planting Position and Soil

E. glaucescens ‘Tinderry’

Requirements:

  • full sun and open sky above.
  • Happy in a wide range of soils, but performs best on those which are acid to neutral and of average to good fertility.
  • Tolerates intermittently poorly drained soil; grows well on our horrible yellow swampy wet clay soil at Grafton Nursery.
  • Good in exposed locations.

 

Recommendations:

  • If planting a large number for firewood or cut foliage, subsoiling may be a good practice to follow, especially if pastureland has previously been used by livestock.
  • For the best results, follow our planting and aftercare watering instructions, issued with every order; they can also be found under the Help and Advice tab on this website.
  • Improve poor soils with our planting kit, at the time of planting.
  • To encourage deep rooting and therefore good stability, prepare a deep planting pit as per our instructions.
  • Ensure there is no competition from weeds or grass around the base of the young tree as this will seriously cramp its style and slow down establishment. Our research has found that grass around the trunks of newly planted Eucalypts can completely stop them from growing and may lead to establishment failure.

Make life easier for you and your new tree: Plant with the mycorrhizal fungi product Rootgrow.  Eucalyptus in particular have a special, lifelong relationship with their root fungi, the latter of which actively transport food and water directly into the tree roots, helping your new Euc establish faster and more efficiently, particularly in challenging types of soil.

How to Use

E. glaucescens grows into a very handsome tree.  Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape, arboretum, avenue and for the medium/larger garden:
For growing a full sized standard, planting the tree and running away is an option, but it won’t necessarily give you the best results. See our guidance notes for growing specimen Eucalyptus in our Help and Advice section

Growing shrub-on-a-stick clipped standard: this is an opportunity to grow a Eucalyptus in a confined space and control its overall size. You can produce a small tree on a trunk with a height of anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 4m (12ft)
E. glaucescens can be successfully grown in this manner with pruning to shape on March 18th and again during the end of May/beginning of June
Growing a multi-stemmed bush or tree.  E. glaucescens responds well to pollarding and readily produces a multi-stemmed specimen. Annual pruning on March 18th will help to keep this species compact and bushy.

Q: Why would you want to do this?
A: To create: 

  • a tree with more body or ‘mass’ of branches and foliage for screening purposes. Once grown back up to its full     potential, it will now have several main trunk
  • an attractive multi-stemmed architectural tree, especially if it has exceptional bark
  • to control height, whereby your Euc can be usefully maintained anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 7m (20ft), but if ignored it will genetically it will want to grow taller.

 

Floral Art:  E. glaucescens is grown for its attractive, intermediate, oval foliage, rather than its juvenile form.
For information on how to grow cut foliage, visit our ‘Help and Advice’ pages

Firewood Production:  E. glaucescens is our number one species for Biomass and Firewood logs.   Vigorous, resilient, high yielding and the only one of the Eucs to be reliably resistant to being eaten by deer.
For information on how to grow firewood or lumber, please email or give us a call. We’d love to chat with you about the best way to implement your Eucalyptus project.

Rural/Agricultural:    Good shade tree for livestock to stand under.   Eucalyptus provide a cool environment for horses, cattle, llamas, sheep to shelter from the sun on hot days, as the mass evaporation of water through the leaves creates a cool, shady canopy beneath.

Ecology:   

  • Bees. E. glaucescens produces useful flowers providing foraging for honey-bees and other pollinating insects
  •  Habitat creation and Game Cover:  E. glaucescens  lends itself to providing good trouble-free habitat creation for wildlife and game cover, when multi-stemmed bushes are planted in groups.
  • Birds enjoy roosting in Eucalyptus trees and Pheasants like rootling around underneath them.
  • Chickens: The shredded foliage of E. glaucescens  is excellent at keeping Chicken nest boxes and hen houses free of red mites, which detest the presence of Eucalyptol. I used to line our Chicken boxes with shredded leaves, strew the floor and pile up the spindly branches for the chickens to make nests.  It was all great till the foxes moved into the next field.

 

Environmental:

  • Growing on the Coast. There is a thriving plantation of E. glaucescens growing a couple of miles from Wadebridge in Cornwall and within site of the sea.
  • Drying up wet soils.  E. glaucescens is very at home in moisture retentive, but not permanently boggy soils.  Our Tingiringi gums have certainly thrived in our swampy, alkaline, yellow clay, putting on a great deal of weight over the past couple of years and forming handsome trees; and the surrounding ground has definitely dried up.
  • Tolerant of cold and exposed growing environments inland  E. glaucescens will grow in open fields and pasture; it does not demand a sheltered position.  Rootgrow is essential when planting into fields or pasture-land.

No grass, no weeds and a thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) are essential to assist with good establishment. Our trials have demonstrated that grass around the trunk of Eucalyptus prevent the trees from quickly establishing and can completely stop them from growing.

Pot Culture outdoors:  E. glaucescens  can be successfully grown as a multi-stemmed shrub in a large container provided you are prepared to pot on at the recommended intervals and to supply it with sufficient water and food during the growing season.  If not watered sufficiently well , it becomes thin and spindly, dropping its lower leaves.  We recommend you pot into a 45 litre very quickly for the duration of around 3 years and from there, into a container that is around 100 litres. Pruning on March 18th and again at the end of May/beginning of June is essential every year, to keep it bushy.  Single stemmed (standard) containerised E. glaucescens  are prone to falling over in high winds and can be challenging to manage, if not held in position; they are better planted in the ground.
For information on how to successfully grow Eucs in pots, visit our Blog entitled ‘How to grow a Eucalyptus in a pot and keep it alive!’

Nursery Notes and Trivia

Winter 2022

We have good stocks of a wide variety of pot sizes for Tingiringi gums at this time, including some excellent 5 litre and 9 litre specimens

Botanical Name:

  • Eucalyptus glaucescens ‘Tinderry’      MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family
  • Common Name: Tingiringi Gum
  • Status: Evergreen Tree
  • Origin: Australian Alps

 

Lignotuber:  it has one, which is a good thing!  E. glaucescens will regenerate off the lignotuber if cut down by man, beast or nature.  It also produces many shoots from epicormic buds lying dormant beneath the bark higher up the tree; so E. glaucescens will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices.

Meaning of the name:

From the Latin glaucescens referring to the white wax that coats the branchlets, flower buds and fruits.

Tingiringi: my own personal theory is that Tingiringi Gum is a name given to the tree by immigrant Irish folk, but I could be wrong!

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