Real World Gardener Eucalyptus Silver Princess in Plant of the Week

October 3rd, 2019

PLANT OF THE WEEK

Eucalyptus caesia Silver Princess Eucalyptus%2Bcaesia%2BSilver%2BPrincess.

This week we have a native plant that is a medium sized tree with outstanding features.

Eucalyptus caesia Silver Princess or gungurru has interesting bark, leaves and flowers.)

It’s in the Myrtacaea family and it is a gum tree.

Let’s find out what’s good about this one.

I'm talking with Adrian O’Malley, horticulturist and native plant expert.

Silver Princess trunk and fruits are covered in the grey to whitish bloom, except for the leaves and flowers themselves.

If you rub the bark you’ll see the mahogany colour under that bloom.

Silver Princess grows to about 8m in height, but as Adrian says, it's a leaner.

That means unless you are keeping on eye on it as it grows, the tree will develop a 45 degree lean.

Formative pruning helps, but for some reason it aspires to lean.

Adrian will almost coppice his leaning Silver Princess in the hope that it will resprout from it's ligno tuber as it does in the wild.

If you have any questions for me or for Adrian, please write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

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