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Blue Leaved Stringybark
Characteristics: Medium to tall tree to 40 m with 5-7m spread
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
One of the two Eucalypts that are a primary food source of Koala’s.
Erect branching stem with stringy bark. Blueish green broadly lance-shaped to egg-shaped leaves around 12 cm long.
Greenish ovate flower buds arranged in groups of 11 to 15 open to display white flowers mainly between the months of October to January.
Occur naturally in eastern central and southern New South Wales
Prefers a well-drained soil and is drought and frost tolerant.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long. As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.