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Characteristics: Large shurb/small tree 5 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 15
This attractive small Mallee has an erect slender stem with smooth mottled greyish bark, straggling branches and thick large ovate leaves with blunt rounded tips.
Large reddish coloured flower buds occur in groups of 3 open to reveal large yellow flowers in spring, followed by woody bell shaped seed capsules. Bird attractant Mallee's are ideally suited to small gardens.
A native to an area of Western Australia between Albany and Esperance.
Prefers a poor well drained soil in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant.
Eucalypt's readily germinate from seed and are generally 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.