Gum Tree

Eucalyptus 'Little Boy Blue'

Gum Tree - Eucalyptus  'Little Boy Blue'

Common Name: Gum Tree
Genus: Eucalyptus
Cultivar: 'Little Boy Blue'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting bark, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 20.00 m (2000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 10.00 m (1000 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Cream, White
Foliage Colour: Blue/Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A new and exciting introduction this beautiful tree is primarily grown for its decorative foliage. When the tree is young the leaves are rounded and a steely blue-grey but as the plant matures the leaves become sickle-shaped and look greener. Both types of leaves will emit a delicious peppermint-like scent when bruised. It is not fully hardy here in the UK but will thrive in warmer sheltered gardens especially where the soils do not hold too much moisture in winter and there is protection from icy winds. This versatile plant can be pollarded each year to maintain a shrubby shape which will ensure a continuous supply of juvenile foliage (it is great added to cut flower arrangements) or leave it unpruned and it will form a single-stemmed tree with glorious pink and white flushed peeling bark.

Garden Care: Requires minimal pruning if grown as a tree removing any broken, diseased or crossing branches in late autumn or winter. For the best juvenile foliage prune in early spring cutting back the stems to two or three buds above the base. When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly.

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