Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This is a good 'un

Its already on The List but seeing this one today in Bicton made me realise that we could probably use them more than we do.

It's Eucalyptus sideroxylon 'Rosea'….Ironbark here in the West. A good, reliable tree and very attractive with black bark, blue/grey foliage and pink flowers.

It tolerates a wide range of conditions, has good structural integrity and generally doesn't cause anyone much grief at all.

The only thing I could mark it down on is consistency. It can vary in form a bit. But that kind of goes with the territory with Eucalypts so no biggie. Best solution in my opinion is just to plant lots of them close together and you tend to lose the stragglers in the forest if you know what I mean.

Good tree.


  1. Variation in "form" may be down to provenance of seed? Commercial seed collectors go for the low hanging fruit, so to speak, so select for shorter trees. In the case of Eucs, such as Tuarts, or other natives like Agonis, the provenance can make a vast difference in growth form.

    1. Yes, seed provenance can certainly produce vast differences in final form. But even within the same batch I've noticed that Eucs tend to just "do their own thing" a bit - more so than the standard exotics (Plane, Liquidambar etc). It's this natural variation that doesn't make them so good in formal avenues where you need consistency. Personally, I think Australian trees rarely look good in ANY sort of formal arrangement. They don't naturally grow "formal" (unlike Plane, Liquidambar etc) and they just look uncomfortable to me forced into that position. Arranged in groups they're great and it hides the odd "weakling". A good case in point is the formal planting of Spotted Gums in the Albany Hwy median in Cannington. They've been there for years and they're all over the place in terms of size and form resulting in a rather weak effect.