Eucalyptus nicholii ‘Avon’ – Willow Peppermint
Introduced to the UK by Hardy Eucalyptus at Grafton Nursery in 2022. We particularly like the form of this selection growing in our nursery. E. nicholii ‘Avon’ exhibits a neat upright habit and shows great promise of growing into a handsome, well-shaped specimen tree.
Shoots ‘n Leaves: Young shoots are initially pinky bronze with flecks of gold.
Juvenile foliage is long and narrow, feathery, sage green and looks spectacular against the strong carmine/burgundy stems.
Adult leaves are 12 cm long and 1 cm wide and continue to resemble those of a willow
Bark: In maturity the bark is fibrous and deeply fissured lengthways; the yellow ochre to mushroom colour shreds to reveal underlying layers of dramatic russet foxy brown. Splits in mid-summer to fleetingly reveal bright Eau de Nil before returning to foxy-russet.
Flowers: White flowers in clusters of 7, appear late summer to early autumn, ours is in flower from end of August onwards well into October – great for the bees.
Leaf Aroma: Wonderful strong eucalyptus aroma with suffused with fresh peppermint.
Rate of Growth: Medium to fast, 1.0-1.5 metres per year in optimum conditions.
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: Short term, the tree quickly reaches around 6-8m. About 10m after 10-15 years, ultimately around 12-15m, but can be kept smaller with occasional pruning. Always prune March 18th and end of May. Avoid pruning in Autumn or Winter.
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Hardiness: Moderate to good hardiness, root-system generally tolerating down to -12 to -14°C on a sheltered free draining site.