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Characteristics: Mallee or small tree 2-3 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A straggly mallee 2-3 m in height with smooth grey to pinkish bark the Bookleaf mallee is also renowned for its attractive foliage and flowers that are prized in floral arrangements.
Bookleaf mallee is a popular ornamental in cultivation as an attractive small tree which flowers prolifically in late summer and preforms especially well in dry climates.
Endemic to only three hilly areas around Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
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.