Spinning Gum


Eucalyptus perriniana, also known as Spinning Gum, is a Eucalyptus native to Australia. It is a fast-growing tree that can reach up to 15 meters in height with a spread of 10 meters. The tree is known for its attractive bark that peels to reveal smooth, creamy white patches, hence its name, Spinning Gum.

When growing Spinning Gum, it is essential to consider the tree’s soil type and pH preferences. Spinning Gum is relatively adaptable to different soils but prefers well-draining soils with a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. The tree can tolerate a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sand, but it does best in soils that are well-drained and contain enough organic matter to retain moisture.

Regarding sunlight, Spinning Gum prefers full sun to partial shade, but it can also grow well in areas with high shade levels. It is important to note that when grown in areas with low light levels, the tree’s growth will be slower, and its bark will not peel as readily.

Watering is an important consideration when growing Spinning Gum. While the tree is relatively drought-tolerant, it prefers moderate water to ensure it grows appropriately. The tree should be watered regularly in its first year of growth and less frequently as it becomes established. It is essential to avoid over-watering the tree, as this can lead to root rot.

Fertilizing Spinning Gum is relatively straightforward. The tree can benefit from balanced fertilisers in the spring and early summer. A slow-release fertiliser is ideal, as it will provide the tree with a consistent supply of nutrients over an extended period. It is also essential to consider the soil type when fertilising, as soils with a high clay content may require additional fertiliser.

When pruning Spinning Gum, it is essential to wait until the tree has reached a mature size, as pruning too early can slow down its growth and reduce the tree’s overall size. Pruning should be done in the late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant. When pruning, removing any dead or diseased wood and cutting back any branches crossing over or rubbing against one another is essential.

The Spinning Gum is a fast-growing tree that is relatively easy to care for. When growing Spinning Gum, it is crucial to consider its soil type and pH preferences, watering requirements, and fertilisation needs. With the proper care, Spinning Gum can be a beautiful addition to any garden.

This product is not available to customers in SA and TAS, as it is part of the Myrtaceae family.

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