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Eucalyptus kybeanensis - Kybean Mallee Ash

A super variety well adapted to the UK climate & the smaller garden. Slower growing than its cousins, it develops gradually into an open, airy multi-stemmed bush & then a small tree.  Reminiscent of an Olive tree in appearance when young with its upright bushy habit and lanceolate green/silver leaves, but much hardier.  Call us on 0751 5261511 for help in choosing your Eucalyptus.   

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Nursery Notes: Winter 2017 - This fantastic species will be available again in May 2018 - when we have grown some more!  Email me at office@grafton-nursery.co.uk if you would like to be put on to the early warning list.

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus kybeanensis   MYRTACEÆ; Myrtle Family

Common Name: Kybean Mallee Ash

Status: Evergreen Tree      

Seed Source: New South Wales at 3000 ft                   


Why we like this variety:-

  • Small evergreen tree of nice shape and habit 
  • Very well behaved and versatile - prunable and manageable
  • Very hardy
  • Ideal if you want a tree that looks comfortable in the rural British landscape
  • Makes a good patio tub specimen - so good for courtyard gardens
  • Can be grown to produce an informal screen (2-3m tall or more)

Description, habit,  uses and attributes: A super variety well adapted to the British climate and the smaller garden. Slower growing than its cousins, it develops gradually into an open, airy multi-stemmed bush and then a small tree.  If cut down, it regenerates from its lignotuber and produces a a multi-stemmed mallee (multi-trunked specimen). The young trees respond well to shoot-tip-pruning in formative years, allowing you to control growth and habit. 

If grown in an air-pot, it will produce a good patio tub specimen.

So, depending on how you go about training your E. kybeanensis, you could grow it as a specimen tree or have it as a multi-branched evergreen screen.  For a hedge or screen the recommended planting distance between each plant is about 1.5 metres (5ft).

The best ways to keep E. kybeanensis nice and bushy:  we have found the best way is to remove about 200-400mm (8-16 inches) off the leading shoot/growing point in the spring, from an early age. In successive years, repeat the process on all growing points, in the spring, until you have the desired shape. As with all Eucs., choose a dry day for pruning to minimize risk of silver leaf fungus disease.

Shoots 'n Leaves: Young shoots are coated in fine white hairs, presumably to protect them against desiccation in exposed conditions.

Juvenile foliage is small, thin, lanceolate, pointed. Begins bronze with purply shoots turning deep glossy green, and often held upright.

Adult foliage is lanceolate, with rounded tips, in mid olive green. 

Bark is very attractive; chocolate bark with white striations peels to reveal the smooth under layer of caramel/coffee coloured with a hint of olive green. 

Flowers: This variety is fairly showy when in flower with small, white inflorescence held in groups of 7 to 11.  Flowers smell of honey.

Leaf Aroma: faintly fruity eucalyptus.

Rate of Growth: Relatively slow-growing

Height in maturity, if left unpruned:  medium term (about 8 years) about 4 metres, long term (20+ years)  seldom exceeding 7m (about 25') tall. Prune to keep bushy and compact.

Hardiness: easily tolerates temperatures down to -14°C / -16°C but needs good drainage to succeed well.  Originating from high Australian plateaux, E. kybeanensis is very  tolerant of exposure.

Planting Position and Soil Preference: Ordinary garden soil in an open sunny position; it will tolerate very exposed conditions, but does not enjoy coastal salt-laden winds.  It prefers a free draining soil, so avoid planting it in areas prone to flooding. Happy in stony, sandy ground and dry soils, but water well over summer in its first year to get it well established.

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.

Origin: an uncommon mountain eucalyptus of south eastern Australia, Victoria, New South Wales

Origin of the specific epithet kybeanensis:- Richard Cambage first collected this variety in November 1908 near the Kydra Trig of the Kybean Range - part of the Great Dividing  Range and 26 km from Nimmitabel, a town in south east New South Wales. However, the main populations of this variety are to be found on the high ground of the Australian Alps, especially around Victoria.

If you are having difficulty deciding which Eucalyptus tree to buy for your garden, please feel free to eMail us at office@grafton-nursery.co.uk or phone Hilary on 0751 526 1511.


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