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Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mt Bogong’ – Dwarf Alpine Snow Gum – 1 of our absolute Favourites

£66.00£972.00

A fabulous dwarf subspecies of the ever popular Snow Gum.  One of our absolute favourites

Why we like this species:

  • Small tree of open compact dwarf habit
  • Fantastic white bark – excellent feature for your winter garden
  • Good in a large patio pot or terrace planter
  • Can be grown as a multi-stem or single trunk
  • Excellent choice for coastal planting
  • Makes a good evergreen screen for cold, exposed locations…..I could go on!

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 pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mt Bogong’ – Dwarf Alpine Snow Gum

E. pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mount Bogong’, affectionately known as Eucalyptus Bogong, is the best known of the six ‘pauciflora’ sub-species; deemed to be one of the most hardy of all Eucalypts and moderately slow growing. After taking a  few years to establish, diligently putting down its roots, this snow gum will grow a little faster.

Biometrics

Shoots ‘n Leaves: The young shoots are very attractive being glaucous (covered in wax) to protect them against the harsh weather conditions.
Juvenile Foliage: Matt, French-blue to olive-green, ovate, 2.5–7.5 cm long, 2–3.5 cm wide.
Adult Foliage: Typical long spear shaped to sickle shaped Eucalyptus leaf, about 5-10 cm long and 1.2 – 3 cm wide, in matt olive-green to a deep French-blue colour.

Bark:  Outstanding!  One of its best features.  Striking smooth bark in chalk white to clotted cream with applique of seal grey, foxy red, olive green and copper pink shades; gently peels in the summer to reveal stunning new white bark beneath.

Flowers: Held in groups of 9-15 (can be less), white and smelling of honey, buds covered in white wax. The total group of flowers grows to about the size of a golf ball. Loved by honey bees.

Leaf Aroma: Typical Eucalyptus aroma when crushed, not overly strong. Snow gums don’t need a great deal of Eucalyptol as a defence against pests as they live in a cold environment, where pests are not such a problem.

Rate of Growth:  Slow at 1 meter or less per year.

Height in maturity, if left unpruned: Predicted to be in the region of 5-8m. Can be tip pruned in spring and early summer to control shoot extension growth.  Given a mild climate and perfect soil conditions, this subspecies may grow taller, so it may be worth pruning every few years to control its overall height. Drier soils will restrict growth and reduce the likelihood of this tree becoming very tall.

Hardiness:  once mature, this is one of the hardiest  species of Eucalyptus with root-system tolerating down to ranges of -12°C to -18°C – increases with age.

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 150 × 30 × 30 cm
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Planting Position and Soil

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mt Bogong’ – Dwarf Alpine Snow Gum

Requirements:

  • Enjoys full sun and open sky above. Avoid shade cast by other tall trees and buildings.
  • Happy in a wide range of soils, but performs best on those which are acid to neutral and free-draining.  Tolerant of limestone soils; pauciflora group grow well at the Cotswold Wildlife Park on Cotswold brash soils.
  • Does not require high fertility, nor does it relish boggy conditions.  pauciflora subsp. niphophila belongs to the blue-leaved ash group of Eucalypts (because of its botany!)  Generally members of the ‘ash’ group do not like wet feet or rich soils.  However, water well during the summer, for 2 growing seasons, to ensure your tree establishes well.
  • Good in exposed locations, once established.  Tolerates windy exposed and also coastal conditions; being battered by salt-laden winds.  If planting directly on the coast, you may need to prune down a little for the first couple of years to establish a good, solid root system that won’t rock in gales and thereafter you can let it grow freely.

 

Recommendations:

  • If planting a large number 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 pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mt Bogong’ – Dwarf Alpine Snow Gum

Mount Bogong makes for a superb ornamental tree, with the classic Snow Gum bark and foliage. As a smaller, slower species it will also be a good candidate for life in a pot or container.

Being highly ornamental with beautiful bark, it is a valuable addition to any winter garden plant grouping. Being tough and tolerant of difficult growing conditions it is useful as a large open evergreen screen (loose hedge) with attractive bark detail.   It can be planted out in farmland and used for wild life protection and game cover, where, for example, pine trees may be suffering from disease problems.

How to use in the landscape and/or garden:  How to grow or train it to get the best out of it

Fabulous Specimen Tree for the wider landscape, arboretum collection or avenue planting and for the smaller, medium and larger garden, with outstanding white bark detail.

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.

To encourage a standard E. Mount Bogong, you will need to encourage a strong leading dominant central stem and prune back any competing leading shoots by about 25-30%. Carry out this pruning in March and then review again at end of May.  To keep your Bogong small, you can always prune the new spring growth back by up to 90% at this time of year. Avoid cutting back into the older wood this late in the season. Never prune after end of July, Autumn or Winter.

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Growing a multi-stemmed bush or tree.  E. Mount Bogong naturally grows as a multi-stemmed specimen in its formative years.  It’s easy therefore to encourage this into maturity by pruning out, in March, any contender that wants to be a dominant leading shoot. Maintain balance growth with stems of equal length.  Not only does this control the overall height of your tree, but produces many stems with beautiful white bark.

REMEMBER: No grass, no weeds and a thick boring 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 prevent the trees from quickly establishing and can completely stop them from growing.

Pot Culture outdoors:  E. Mount Bogong can be successfully grown as a multi-stemmed shrub in a 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.

Always keep pot grown Eucalyptus in the air-pot container system for healthy and happy trees.

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!’

Ecology:   Bees. All Eucalyptus produce flowers with nectar and pollen, but this species has particularly prolific flowers making it a real draw for honey bees and other pollinators.

Environmental:

  • Growing on the Coast  Snow gums have extra-thick leaf cuticles, which make them extremely tolerant of cold exposed conditions and salt laden winds once mature in the ground. Newly planted trees may require a wind break shelter for their first winter in the ground with you.
  • Tolerant of cold and exposed growing environments inland  E. Mount Bogong will grow in open fields and pasture, where the soil is stony and free draining; it does not require a sheltered position, once established.

I have read that ‘in the wild it can be seen clinging to snowy ridgetops and in alpine meadows (and lining ski runs!)’. They are so hardy as to have even been introduced to Norway. We also know of someone growing them in Russia!

Newly planted trees may require a wind break shelter for their first winter in the ground with you.

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

  • Tolerant of poor stony soils once established   E. Mount Bogong does not require a rich soil and can survive in poor, stony soils.   Tolerant of arid environments, poor stony dry soils once established. 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, deep 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:  strong numbers in a good range of pot sizes

5 litre can be grown on to form both standards and multi-stem bushes

12 litre multi-stemmed bushes – fabulous quality

20 litre standards for those who want a more upright habit

30 litre and  45 litre mature multi-stem bushes for instant results

100 litre – very mature stock for instant impact – over 6 years old by the time they are ready for sale.

 

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila ‘Mount Bogong’

Common Name:  Dwarf Snow Gum, Gum-topped Bloodwood

Status: Evergreen Tree    MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Origin: Snowy ridge tops and Alpine Meadows of Australia

In their natural habitat, snow gums grow in woodland settings, 1300-1800 m above sea level in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales; forming the altitudinal limit of the tree line. Very few of the lowland forms still remain, following land clearance.

The tree branches are flexible and bend under the loading of snow, which then shed rather than break.  If cut down by cold weather or fire, E. pauciflora subsp. niphophila regenerates from epicormic shoots growing out from beneath the bark.

Lignotuber:  it has one, which is a good thing!  Bogongs 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 your Bogong will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices, once large enough to tolerate it.

What is a lignotuber?  See our Blog post on the subject

Meaning of the name:

pauciflora (botanical latin) meaning few flowers. I dont think the early botanists got this right, because it is quite prolific when in flower!

‘niphophila’ (from the Greek) means ‘snow lover’

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