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Apple mallee or Ball-fruited mallee
Characteristics: Tree or mallee shurb to 1-6 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 15
Commonly known as the apple mallee or ball-fruited mallee Eucalyptus buprestium is a small mallee with spreading pendent branches with slightly curved lanceolate foliage around 9cm long.
Ovate yellow flower buds with a horned bud cap resembling a small apple open to reveal white flowers during winter and spring. The buds and flowers make this an attractive mallee that responds well to pruning.
Native to the Albany the region of the South-West Province of Western Australia
Prefers a light well drained soil in an open sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender
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.