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Characteristics: Mallee or small tree to 4-15 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A very handsome tree that grows to 15 metres in height but typically smaller in cultivation.
A smooth trunk with a dense umbrella shaped crown. At dawn and dusk these make a beautiful sight with the salmon colours of the trunk.
White or cream flower occur September to March in its native range.
Endemic to the low rainfall regions of the goldfields and wheatbelt region of Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.
Main photo credit Traveler100 CC BY 2.0
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.