How To Choose Eucalyptus Species
The following table provides a comparison of Eucalyptus tree key characteristics.
This is a general guide of species special tolerances.
The tree heights we quote are the eventual heights the trees may reach at maturity given ideal growing conditions and without being trimmed back.
In general, the UK does not provide ideal conditions and it's unlikely that they will reach the quoted heights. In many cases Eucalypts can be used as hedging and can be trimmed easily
to the desired height.
Our Top 5
Still unsure? Here is a 'Top 5' pick, chosen for versatility, hardiness and good looks:
E. coccifera - Tasmanian Snow Gum: A smaller variety that do well in containers as they are a slower grower.
They also make for an interesting hedge.
E. dalrympleana - Mountain Gum: Tall and fast growing. Hardy and lime tolerant. Can withstand wetter soild and responds
well to pruning and coppicing.
E. glaucescens - Tingiringi Gum: A versatile tree. Hardy, coppices well and makes for a good specimen tree as well as being
used in floristry! The young leaves are a glaucous blue, turning to green-grey as they mature. The bark is also a feature as it
sheds in ribbons revealing a many coloured bark underneath. A slower grower at first, but once it's established it shoots up!
E. gunnii - Cider Gum: The most well known variety. A versatile and hardy tree, copes well in wet soils, coppices well and its
juvenile leaves are used in floristry. A fast growing species with flaking pale bark. Go for E. gunnii 'Blue Ice' for a paler mature
E. pauciflora - Snow Gum - A slow to medium grower and one of the most hardy varieties. Beautiful large oval leaves and
pale bark. Need good drainage as they are accustomed to rocky alpine conditions. This E. pauciflora includes varieties:
ssp debeuzevillei & ssp niphopilia.