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EUCALYPTUS papuana

Image of Eucalyptus papuana

Family

Myrtaceae

Botanical Name

EUCALYPTUS papuana

Plant Common Name

Ghost Eucalyptus

General Description

This pale-trunked eucalyptus from central, northern and western Australia is also one of the best for arid regions such as the Southwest United States. There (and in other dry, mild-winter climates) it forms an upright, slightly arching, medium-sized tree whose chalk-white bark gleams in the landscape, especially at twilight. The bright green, lance-shaped, pendulous leaves nicely complement the bark. The leaves flutter in the slightest breeze. The flowers and fruits are insignificant.

This sun-loving, cold-tender evergreen is perfect for providing color and texture to arid gardens. It needs good drainage. Plant as a single specimen and prune to interesting shapes for an ethereal character. Few trees can match its ghostly presence on warm moonlit nights.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 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

    20'-60' / 6.1m - 18.3m

  • Width

    20'-30' / 6.1m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Summer

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Xeric/Desert, Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green

  • Bark Color

    White

  • 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

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No