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Snow Queen or Powder-bark Coolibah
Characteristics: Spreading tree 12 m generally 5-8m in cultivation.
Seeds per packet: 15
Small ornamental tree with a spectacular white trunk semi-weeping in habit producing creamy-white flowers during summer.
Ideal as a specimen tree or for screening and windbreaks. A great addition to any native garden.
Occurs naturally in northern Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Suited to a range of soils including red loamy, clay loam and sandy soil, and floodplains.
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.