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Eucalyptus coccifera - Tasmanian Snow Gum

As a young tree this looks  different from your usual idea of a Eucalyptus. Very attractive bark detail.  Beautifully coloured, interestingly shaped foliage, making this a variety for a distinctive evergreen hedge or screen (2-3m tall).  Call us on 0751 526 1511 for assistance in choosing your Eucalyptus

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Nursery Notes: Autumn 2016 - good stocks of 1 litre available.

3 litre available are approx. 450-600 mm tall.

9L standard tree are around 1.5m tall above the pot and bushy and multi-stem bush also ready.

20L specimens now available at around 1.8-2.1m tall, very bushy - please call me for cost of shipping

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Botanical Name: Eucalyptus coccifera     MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name:  Tasmanian Snow Gum or the Mount Wellington Peppermint

Status: Evergreen Tree.          

Origin: A native tree of  Tasmania. It grows in the sub-alpine dolerite areas and also grows as a shrub on margins of the alpine Central Highland Tasmania. Although is it classified as being one of the snow gums, it is genetically more like one of the Peppermint Gums.
Seed origin: Central North Tasmania, 900-1800 ft

 

Why we like this variety:-

  • Elegant striking foliage
  • Good smaller sized  tree
  • Makes for a different distinct hedge or screen
  • Good cut foliage for flower arranging

 

Description, habit,  uses and attributes:  E. coccifera originates from a freezing cold mountainous district of Tasmania and enjoys cool summer months with slow but steady growth for a Euc; its still fast for an evergreen tree. It can be shy to get going, but becomes faster growing with time.

This variety responds well to pruning and makes an admirable evergreen screen/hedge. The recommended planting distance between each plant is 1.5-1.8m, for hedge or screen.  

It responds well to coppicing and produces useful cut foliage, for flower arranging.

One of the Eucalypts that can be grown in a container as a patio specimen - and it would be best in an 'Air-pot' container.

Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots are shiny, 'bobbly' in texture and maroon (sometimes orangey-yellow) in colour with a white bloom, maturing to a coffee colour.

Juvenile foliage is blue-green, sometime with purple undersides and lanceolate in shape.

Adult foliage is long, willow-like and elegant; bluish/white on bright white or golden smooth stems.

Bark: beautiful - a striking patchwork of silvery grey and white, often with shades of pink and coffee.
Flowers: striking silvery flower buds

Leaf Aroma: Strong sweet, spicy peppermint aroma - very pleasant

Rate of Growth: Medium - 1-1.5 m per year

Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  A moderately sized tree at 15m 

Hardiness: generally survives down to -14 Celsius. Extremely hardy and tolerates exposed conditions. Long renowned for being cold hardy in the UK.

Planting Position and Soil Preference: This tree enjoys an open sunny position and any good garden soil in the neutral to acid range. Doesnt like swampy, boggy ground or frost pockets.  If you have slightly alkaline soil and want to try E. coccifera, apply Iron sequestrene granules and slow release Sulphur chips at the manufacturers recommended rate - this may just give you the advantage you need to be successful with this species.

Make life easier for you and your new tree: Plant with the mycorrhizal fungi product Rootgrow. Eucalyptus in particular have a special, lifelong relationship with their root fungi, the latter of which actively transport food and water directly into the tree roots, helping your new Euc establish faster and more efficiently, particularly in challenging types of soil.

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