Eucalyptus pulverulenta


Eucalyptus pulverulenta is a new species in our range. They have been freshly potted to 140mm and will be available in mid-September for release. Pre-orders are open.

Eucalyptus pulverulenta, commonly known as Silver-leaved Mountain Gum, is a small to medium-sized tree species of straggly tree or mallee endemic to southern New South Wales. It is found in southeastern Australia’s cool, temperate regions in scattered populations on the Central and Southern Tablelands and southwestern fringes of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, between Bathurst and Bombala.

It grows in grassy woodland on hillsides and mountains and has smooth bark, egg-shaped, heart-shaped or round, sessile leaves arranged in opposite pairs, flower buds in groups of three, white flowers and cup-shaped cylindrical fruit. It is highly valued for its attractive, silver-grey foliage, which is densely packed and gives the tree a striking appearance.

Here is some useful plant-growing information for Eucalyptus pulverulenta:

Tree Height and Spread: Eucalyptus pulverulenta can reach a height of 10-30 meters (33-98 feet) with a spread of 5-15 meters (16-49 feet) at maturity. However, it is often grown as a small tree or large shrub in gardens, where it can reach a height of 2-5 meters (6-16 feet) with a spread of 2-4 meters (6-13 feet). Its dense and bushy growth habit makes it ideal for windbreaks, hedges, and screens.

Preferred Soil Type and pH: Eucalyptus pulverulenta prefers well-drained soils that are slightly acidic to neutral pH (5.5-7.5). It can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and clay soils, as long as they are not waterlogged. Once established, the tree has moderate drought tolerance and can grow in low-to-average rainfall areas.

Climate Requirements: Eucalyptus pulverulenta is native to cool, temperate regions of New South Wales, where it experiences cool winters and mild summers. It is hardy to USDA zones 8-10, which means it can tolerate minimum temperatures of -7 to -1°C. The tree is sensitive to frost and may suffer damage if exposed to extended periods of freezing temperatures.

Light Requirements: Eucalyptus pulverulenta prefers full sun to partial shade and will not grow well in heavily shaded areas. It requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive and produce its characteristic silver-grey foliage.

Watering Requirements: Eucalyptus pulverulenta requires regular watering during the first two years of growth to establish a robust root system. After that, the tree can tolerate drought and only needs watering during extended dry periods. Overwatering can lead to root rot and other fungal diseases, so allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings is essential.

Fertiliser Requirements: Eucalyptus pulverulenta does not require heavy fertilisation, but a light application of balanced fertiliser in early spring can help promote healthy growth and foliage production. Avoid applying too much nitrogen-rich fertiliser, as this can cause excessive leaf growth at the expense of flower and fruit production.

Pruning Requirements: Eucalyptus pulverulenta does not require extensive pruning, but it may need shaping to maintain a bushy growth habit and remove any dead or damaged branches. Prune in late winter or early spring before new growth appears, and avoid pruning during periods of drought or high temperatures.

Pest and Disease Issues: Eucalyptus pulverulenta is relatively pest and disease-free but may be susceptible to fungal diseases in areas with high humidity or poorly drained soils. Watch for signs of leaf spot, powdery mildew, and root rot, and treat as needed with fungicides. The tree may also attract scale insects, which can be controlled with insecticidal soaps or horticultural oils.

In conclusion, Eucalyptus pulverulenta is a unique and relatively low-maintenance tree species well-suited to various growing conditions. With proper care and attention, it can thrive in gardens and landscapes, providing attractive foliage and windbreaks.


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