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Nichol's Willow-leaved Peppermint
A tidy small to medium-sized tree with handsome evergreen foliage, this native of eastern Australia makes an excellent specimen for lawns and streets. Occurring over a small area of New South Wales, it often forms a rather sparsely branched tree in the wild. In fertile garden soil it grows more rapidly and densely.
The horizontal to drooping, gray to gray-green branches bear narrow pendulous gray-green to pale green leaves that smell of peppermint when bruised. New leaves are purple-tinged. Cut stems make an attractive and aromatic addition to cut flower arrangements. The insignificant greenish-white flowers are followed by clustered gray seed capsules. The straight, sometimes forked trunk has rough gray or brown bark.
This sun-loving tree prefers moderately fertile, dry, well-drained soil, and fares poorly in damp conditions. It is a valuable lawn and windbreak tree for arid regions. Eucalypts are almost always grown from seed since vegetative propagation is problematic, so expect some natural variability in these plants.
10 - 3
8 - 10
H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
35'-40' / 10.7m - 12.2m
20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m
Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Gray Green
Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees
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