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SYNCARPIA glomulifera

Turpentine

Stock: Available

$3.50

Family: Myrtaceae

Characteristics: Tree to 50 m spread 5 m usually smaller in cultivation

Seeds per packet: 150

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Ornamental evergreen tree with a straight single trunk and large dark green leaves with dense ball shaped clusters of fluffy creamy white flowers that are produced during spring and summer.

The highly durable timber is used in heavy-traffic flooring, for poles and wharves.

In its native habitat it can grow to 40-50 m tall but usually no taller than 25m in cultivation.

Indigenous to New South Wales and Queensland.

Prefers a heavy well-drained soil in a protected partially shaded position, drought and frost tender.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

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.

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