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.