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Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ – White Sallee Snow Gum

£87.00£125.00

I fell in love with this species when I saw it growing in an Oxfordshire  Eucalyptus grove. The wine goblet shaped tree stood very upright and proud with the sunlight glinting through the young ruby red foliage – beautiful tree.

Why we like this variety:

  • A tree with bags of attitude, huge juvenile leaves, gorgeous bark and amazing style
  • Grows into a fabulous medium to large specimen tree
  • Sunlight shining through the young carmine foliage is quite beautiful – like stained glass windows
  • Snow gums are very tough and resilient grown on normal to free-draining soil

 

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. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ – White Sallee Snow Gum

Biometrics

Shoots ‘n Leaves: Very ornamental foliage. Young shoots are a glowing bronze pink with golden tips. Young stems are burgundy coloured and coated in a white bloom.

Juvenile leaves – Very large grey blue leaves, up to 22 cm long and 9 cm wide; some of them very square in outline.

Adult foliage – long slender falcate or lanceolate and french-blue grey-green.

Bark: One of its best features. Smooth, tactile, pearly white and clotted cream with pearl-grey mosaic, shedding in jigsaw-like pieces midsummer to reveal new white bark beneath

Flowers: White, and in groups of 9-15 – quite prolific.

Leaf Aroma: Faintly minty, but not your typical strong eucalyptol as it is a snow gum

Rate of Growth: medium 1.0-1.5 metres per year.

Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  After about 10 years, this species could attain 10-15 metres  To give you a sense of scale – I guess this would be equal to or slightly taller than a two storey house, shorter than a mature Silver Birch tree.  Quite an upright habit.

After about 15-20 years, Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’  could reach around 15 – 20m or more, over a very long period of time – decades. Easy to keep smaller by regular pruning – March 18th and end of May.

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: Good hardiness rating, root-system should be happy down to around -14 to -18°C, once mature. This is one of the hardiest of all Eucalyptus! Please note younger trees are less tolerant of frost and may suffer exposure damage in early years at low temperatures

Hardiness in Eucalyptus is governed by

  • provenance of seed (all our hardy species seed is sourced from frosty or cold locations)
  • how it is grown (i.e. high nitrogen levels and/or high water table reduces cold tolerance)
  • the tree is not stressed by lack of moisture, , competition from other trees or grass around the trunk.
  • the planting site has good frost drainage and does not sit in a frost pocket
  • the age of the tree – the older your tree, the hardier it will be. Younger Eucs are more susceptible to frost damage at low temperatures after periods of warmth.
  • how long it has been planted in the ground. The deeper you can encourage the rooting by digging a deep planting pit at the time of installation, the quicker your tree will establish and you will increase its ability to survive cold winters. See our planting notes for more details.

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Planting Position and Soil

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ – White Sallee Snow Gum

Planting Requirements:

  • Sun: Enjoys full sun and open sky above. Avoid shade cast by other tall trees and buildings.
  • Soil type: Happy in a wide range of soils, ranging from those which are acid to neutral and of average to good fertility through to alkaline, limey and intermittently moist.  Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ is unusual in that it will tolerate slightly damper soils than other snow gums, which otherwise insist on free draining conditions.
  • Soil moisture levels: Requires a relatively free draining soil in winter, more tolerant than other snow gums.  However, water well during the summer, for 2 growing seasons, to ensure your tree establishes well.
  • Environment: Good in exposed locations if given the best advantage to establish well from the beginning.

Recommendations:

  • If planting a large number for cut foliage, subsoiling is a good practice to follow, especially if pastureland has previously been used by livestock, because the soil will be compacted – that or plant using an auger to dig a deep deep hole – see our planting notes
  • 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 (even if you are watering) 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.
  • Staking: It is essential that this species in particular establishes a stable root system before it grows away. Stake low down using a study wooden post not banged through the rootball!
  • taller trees will require a double stake and cross bar – see our tree stake kit
  • Attach the tree using the flat of a hessian ribbon tree belt. Don’t use rubber tree belts – they saw Eucs in half. In very windy locations, you may need to reduce the crown for the first couple of years, to reduce root rock and build a fat trunk.

How to Use

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ – White Sallee Snow Gum

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

An easy-going species of snow gum, this Eucalypt can tolerate soils that are marginally less free draining that the other sub-species. Tolerant of salt laden winds and exposed locations, once established

A beautiful ornamental tree with bags of attitude, huge juvenile leaves, gorgeous bark and amazing style. Grows into a fabulous medium sized Eucalyptus specimen tree.

Fabulous Specimen Tree for the wider landscape, arboretum collection or avenue planting and for the medium and larger garden.  If you like this tree but seek something slightly smaller in stature, check out its cousins E. debeuzevillei and E. pauciflora subsp. pauciflora Mt Buffalo

Commercially: good in open public spaces, university campus, parks, business parks.

Growing a full-sized standard: planting the tree and running away is an option, but it won’t necessarily give you the best results.

We suggest you maintain a leading shoot and tip prune the lateral shoots to encourage bushiness.  Keep all the sides shoots until the tree turns them brown and sticky (like a stick), because they are feeding into and building up the strength of the main trunk.

  • To grow a large specimen, leave the tree to grow up naturally thereafter.
  • For a smaller tree, tip prune the leader when it reaches around 1.2-1.5m, thereafter let the head develop. Then prune the tree every March 18th and again at the end of May to keep your tree smaller and bushy.

For more, see our guidance notes for growing specimen Eucalyptus in our Help and Advice section.

For monthly emails on how and when to prune and care for your Eucalyptus, sign up to our Gumnut Club and we’ll send you the Bush Telegraph – it’s totally free and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Growing shrub-on-a-stick clipped standard: this is an opportunity to grow a Eucalyptus in a confined space like a courtyard and also control its overall size. You can produce a smaller tree on a trunk with a height of anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 4m (12ft). Prune back growth every March 18th or thereabouts. Then tip prune the annual growth back by up to 90% at the end of May. Light tip pruning can be done again during July, but no later. Don’t prune from mid-August through to February.

Training: We recommend you nip out the top 1cm of the growing shoot and side shoots of a young tree at around 1.5m tall to encourage the development of the crown. Further nip out the ends of the shoot tips subsequently produced to make it more bushy. This is better for the roots and long term, produces a firm stable tree. Timing: prune around end March-beginning of April.  March 18th is National Eucalyptus Day – see our blog post. Reduce fresh spring growth by up to 50% during the 1st week of June; we find snow gums respond very well to this form of pruning.

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.

Hedge-Screens:  Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ is not on our selected species list for hedge-screens and windbreaks

Floral Art: Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ is an interesting species for cut foliage as it ripens its wood and lays down fibre quite early and can be harvested in August, and in a good year, possibly July.  It lengthens the season of availability for cut foliage production.

Firewood Production:  Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ is not on our selected species list for Biomass or Firewood – not sufficiently productive.

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Do give us a call on our nursery mobile 07307 413 052 if you would like to discuss growing firewood with one of our consultants

 Ecology:

  • All Eucalyptus produce flowers with nectar and pollen, but this species has useful flowers providing foraging for honey-bees and other pollinating insects. Snow gums are notably prolific in flowering and bees love’em

 

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. To make this work, we recommend that:
  1. you plant a smaller specimen (around 1.2+m tall),
  2. encourage fast establishment in a deeply prepared planting pit (follow our planting advice), to encourage deep rooting to grow an upright, stable tree.
  3. Staking will be required.
  4. Newly planted trees will very likely require a wind break shelter for their first winter in the ground with you.
  5. Zero grass or weeds during the period of establishment is non-negotiable!

 

  • Tolerant of cold and exposed growing environments inland Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ will grow in open fields and pasture, once established.

     We recommend

  • you plant a smaller specimen (less than 1.8m tall in a 3 or 5 litre air-pot)
  • encourage fast establishment in a deeply prepared planting pit (follow our planting advice), to encourage deep rooting to grow an upright, stable tree
  • Staking will be required
  • In exposed locations, newly planted trees will very likely require a wind break shelter made from horticultural fleece or sail cloth, for their first winter in the ground with you; this very much depends on the level of exposure
  • Zero grass or weeds during the period of establishment is non-negotiable!

 

  • Tolerant of poor stony soils once established Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ 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. Growth on impoverished soils will always be reduced.

 

Nursery Notes and Interesting Trivia

Summer 2023

  • Good stocks of 5 litre trees ready now
  • 9 litre stock is growing on for later in the year
  • Eucalyptus pauciflora are supplied in 5 litre pots and above as they produce a much stronger and happier plant.  It is not supplied in pot sizes below 5 litre as they tend not to thrive with a small root ball

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’     MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name:  White Sallee, White Sally

Status: Evergreen Tree

Origin: The provenance of our seed ‘Adaminiby’:  is a small town near the Snowy Mountains north-west of Cooma, New South Wales, Australia, where there is a stand of Eucalyptus trees from which these seeds were collected.

Lignotuber:  it has one, which is a good thing!  Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ 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 Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora ‘Adaminiby’ will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices, once large enough to tolerate it.

It forms a lignotuber, so it will grow back if cut down by frost, but does not respond well to coppicing as a cultural practice.

What is a lignotuber?  See our Blog post on the subject https://www.hardy-eucalyptus.com/lignotuber-on-toast-anyone/

General Interesting Notes about Snowgums:

Origin: Alpine and sub-alpine region of eastern Australia.  This is quite a variable group of Eucalypts and it is divided into six sub-species (sometimes listed under their own species).  The most commonly grown sub species are E. niphophila, pauciflora, debeuzevillei. Three less common subspecies are ssp. acerina, ssp. hedraia and ssp. parvifructa. The Botanists have been busy!  Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. nana has been reclassified as E. gregsoniana and what used to be known as E. pauciflora ‘Pendula’ is most likely E. lacrimans.

As a group they can be identified by; their smooth bark, which is thick and textured, their leaves have a thick leathery texture, parallel veins and are usually weeping, they take longer to establish than other gums, preferring to take a couple of years in the ground before making fast growth.  Some sub-species (E.p. ssp. debeuzevillei) are generally slow growing; making them ideal for the smaller garden.

All are relatively cold hardy (depending also on seed provenance), but climate adaptability and habit vary across the group; and they may take a little longer than other Eucalypts to re-shoot if they suffer severe frost damage.

If given good drainage and plenty of moisture, Snow gums can withstand a great deal of heat and can also cope with exposure to salt laden winds.

E. pauciflora subsp. pauciflora  is a handsome medium sized Eucalyptus tree or mallee of good shape; with a more upright habit than its close relatives.

Meaning of the name: pauciflora means few flowers, which is completely wrong – its quite a prolific flowerer. I can only assume that when being named, the botanist concerned had not seen the tree with its flower buds! What can you say?

General Interesting Notes about Snowgums:

Origin: Alpine and sub-alpine region of eastern Australia.  This is quite a variable group of Eucalypts and it is divided into six sub-species (sometimes listed under their own species).  The most commonly grown sub species are E. niphophila, pauciflora, debeuzevillei. Three less common subspecies are ssp. acerina, ssp. hedraia and ssp. parvifructa.  Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. nana has been reclassified as E. gregsoniana,  E. pauciflora ‘Pendula’ is most likely E. lacrimans.

As a group they can be identified by; their smooth bark, which is thick and textured, their leaves have a thick leathery texture, parallel veins and are usually weeping, they take longer to establish than other gums, preferring to take a couple of years in the ground before making fast growth.  Some sub-species (E.p. ssp. debeuzevillei) are generally slow growing; making them ideal for the smaller garden.

All are relatively cold hardy (depending also on seed provenance), but climate adaptability and habit vary across the group; and they may take a little longer than other Eucalypts to re-shoot if they suffer severe frost damage.

If given good drainage and plenty of moisture, Snow gums can withstand a great deal of heat and can also cope with exposure to salt laden winds.

E. pauciflora subsp. pauciflora  is a handsome medium sized Eucalyptus tree or mallee of good shape; with a more upright habit than its close relatives.

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