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Eucalyptus parvula – Small Leaved Kybean Gum

£36.00£841.00

One of the absolute best Eucalyptus EVER not only as a screening tree for privacy, but for lots of purposes.  Perfect for the UK with many attributes. Easy to grow.

Why we like this species:

  • Well behaved moderate sized evergreen tree or shrub
  • Great in raised planters and patio pots
  • Beautiful bark and fragrant soft blue-grey foliage
  • Neat dwarf habit and very prunable
  • Tolerates a wide range of difficult and poor soil conditions
  • Excellent for aromatic cut foliage
  • Extremely hardy and reliable

 

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 parvula – Small Leaved Kybean Gum

Many gardeners don’t realise just how good a species it is. A very versatile, adaptable Eucalyptus with many attributes.  E. parvula deserves to be more frequently planted.

Ideal for the smaller garden, which cannot accommodate a large Eucalyptus. An interesting species, it has neat little leaves and a more compact habit than most of the other species; once described in our nursery as being like an alpine Hebe on steroids!  Short term (first year), it forms a tall shrub. The following year, it grows into a small elegant tree of semi-weeping habit, ultimately with a broad spreading crown, where it retains some of its juvenile foliage (unusual for Eucalypts).

I love this note from Euclid about the Australian distribution of E. parvula:“A small tree of restricted but scattered distribution on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales east of Cooma, from near Badja south to Dragon Swamp near Cathcart, preferring damp cold sites on grassy plains.”  How can you resist a tree that hails from a place called Dragon Swamp?

Shoots ‘n leaves: Young stems/shoots are often a maroon colour.

Juvenile leaves can vary in shape and are usually quite small, blue green in colour, sometimes edged in maroon.

Adult leaves: smaller than most Eucalyptus and pointed, but quite variable and not usually longer than 75 mm.

Bark: Lovely, tactile, smooth bark in a golden biscuit to coffee colour with some violet-grey and foxy-russet, shredding in the upper tree branches.

Flowers: Flowers white in groups of 7, usually in May and June time for several months.

Leaf aroma: Fresh eucalyptus.

Rate of growth: Relatively slow growing for a eucalyptus at around 1 meter per year.

Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  Eventually around 10 meters.  E. parvula responds exceptionally well to being pollarded and pruned.  It can be cultivated to grow as a shrub-on-a-stick, lollipop form and multi-stemmed bush or tree.

Hardiness: Root-system is extremely hardy down to -16 to -18°C.  Eucalyptus parvula, along with E. gunnii and E. pauciflora debeuzevillei, is one of the very hardiest of the Eucalypts. Young trees are more susceptible to frost damage at low temperatures; hardiness improves with age and refers to the lignotuber, not the foliage.

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 65 × 30 × 30 cm
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Planting Position and Soil

Eucalyptus parvula – Small Leaved Kybean Gum

A very adaptable species. ‘They’ say it withstands quite high temperatures  (in Australia) if kept well-watered, but we’re not sure this is relevant to the climate of the UK!

Requirements:

  • Enjoys full sun and open sky above. Avoid shade cast by other taller trees and buildings.
  • Thrives on a wide range of soil types. E. parvula will grow in intermittently boggy, poor infertile, soils and is also tolerant of alkaline (limey) ground.
  • Tolerates intermittently poorly drained soil; grows really well on our horrible yellow swampy wet alkaline clay soil at Grafton Nursery.
  • Can tolerate a degree of exposure once established

 

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 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

Eucalyptus parvula – Small Leaved Kybean Gum

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How to use in the landscape and/or garden:

How to grow or train it to get the best out of it

Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape, arboretum collection or avenue planting and for the small, medium and larger garden. Planting the tree and running away is always and option, but it won’t necessarily give you the best results. See our guidance notes for growing specimen Eucalyptus in and 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). Always prune at the correct time of year: mid-March and end of May. Never prune Autumn or Winter.

 Growing a multi-stemmed bush or tree. Once large enough to cope with this pruning technique, E parvula responds well to coppicing almost to ground level and readily produces a multi-stemmed specimen off the lignotuber.

Why would you want to do this?

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 trunks
  • 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 genetically it will want to grow taller if ignored.

Cut foliage for floral art: Fabulous, prolific cut foliage.  E parvula forms a lignotuber and it responds well to pollarding; both juvenile and adult foliage are cut for foliage and used for floral art. Produces long useful stems in a blue-sage green hue.

Windbreak: Plant in groups to create shelter from biting winds for gardens and livestock

Privacy Screen: E parvula responds well to pruning and forms a good hedge/screen (2-3 m tall). The recommended planting distance between each plant is about 1.8-2.0 m, for a hedge screen of this height.

Patio Pots and Raised Planter: E parvula lends itself to being grown as a multi-stemmed specimen in a container for your terrace or courtyard garden: use a large air-pot to keep its roots happy. 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!’

Domestic firewood production: If coppiced every 8 years, E parvula will produce a log about 5 inches (125mm) in diameter – just right for your log burner.  E. parvula is also a useful species to plant around the perimeter of taller firewood species to protect them in windy exposed locations.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: 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 research trials have demonstrated that grass around the trunk of Eucalyptus prevents the trees from quickly establishing and can completely stop them from growing.

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.

– Soft grey-green adult foliage, which looks for comfortable and not ‘foreign’ in a rural setting – reminiscent of Willow Trees

Ecology:

– Bees: useful flowers from May/June onwards for several weeks, providing foraging for honey-bees and other pollinating insects

– Habitat creation and Game Cover:  this species lends itself to providing good trouble-free habitat creation for wildlife and game cover, when planted in groups, especially a multi-stems.

Birds enjoy roosting in Eucalyptus trees and Pheasants like rootling around underneath them.

– Chickens: The shredded foliage of E parvula 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  We know of a successful planting of E parvula near Wadebridge in Cornwall, in sight of the sea.

Drying up wet soils:  Hailing from soggy valley bottoms in the wild, it does prefer a moisture retentive soil and so may do well at drying up a wet UK soil.  Grows well for us at Grafton on our swampy clay.

SUDS – sustainable drainage systems:  Needs trialling, but planted singly or in groups, E. parvula  may draw on drain water percolating into swales or similar. Coppice or pollard every few years if you need to control the overall height of the trees. Eucalyptus draw on ground water for twelve months of the year, unlike willows, which lie dormant for 5 months through the winter.

– Tolerant of cold and exposed growing environments inland:  E. parvula will grow in open fields and pasture; it does not require a sheltered position.  No grass, no weeds, but do give it oodles of Rootgrow and a thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) are essential to assist with good establishment

– Tolerant of poor stony soils once established:   Tolerant of arid environments, poor stony dry soils once established. E. parvula does not require a rich soil and can survive in poor, stony soils.  It is essential that your Euc. is given our recommended quantity of water for its first 2 growing seasons in your grounds, during its establishment phase before you abandon it to its fate.  The tree needs to establish a good root system before it can survive in dry, challenging conditions. 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.

Nursery Notes and Trivia

Winter 2022 into Spring 2023

Stock levels in all of our pot sizes:  Good stocks of 1 litre, 3 litre, 5 litre, 9 litre, 12 litre, 20 litre, 30 litre standards

9 litre, 30 litre, 45 litre and 100 litre multi-stem specimens

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus parvula (formerly parvifolia)   MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name: Small-leaved Gum, Kybean Gum

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: New South Wales, Victoria

Lignotuber:  it has one, which is a good thing!  E. parvula 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 parvula will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices.

Origin of the Name: The botanists recently renamed this species E. parvula, because E. parvifolia was used to describe a Eucalyptus fossil record in 1895 and therefore cannot be used to name the modern living species.

parvula and parvifolia both mean small leaf

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