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EUCALYPTUS nicholii

Image of Eucalyptus nicholii

Family

Myrtaceae

Botanical Name

EUCALYPTUS nicholii

Plant Common Name

Nichol's Willow-leaved Peppermint

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    35'-40' / 10.7m - 12.2m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Fall

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No