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Eucalyptus neglecta

Omeo gum

A fast-growing, evergreen tree when young, although growth slows down as the tree ages. It reaches a mature height of around 10m (33ft) The smooth bark can vary in colour from yellow-green to greyish-brown. Juvenile leaves are very large, rounded, and green tinged with purple. The adult leaves are broady lance-shaped and mid green. Foliage and young stems are highly aromatic when crushed. Flowers are white and appear in summer, in large clusters of up to fifteen.

Size
Ultimate height
8–12 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Purple
Summer White Green Purple
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Myrtaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Eucalyptus are evergreen trees or large shrubs, often fast-growing, some with attractive bark, most with aromatic foliage, and clusters of small, white, yellow or red flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Australia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in a moist, but well-drained soil in full sun, but can also tolerate wetter soils and unusually partial shade. Suitable for mildly acidic to mildly alkaline soils. Able to withstand cold temperatures when mature but shelter from cold, drying winds especially when young. See eucalyptus cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 13-18°C in spring and summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Coastal
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

Pruning group 1 or, for best juvenile foliage, pruning group 7 For more information see Eucalyptus: pruning

Pests

May be susceptible to eucalyptus gall wasp and eucalyptus sucker

Diseases

May be susceptible to silver leaf and oedema

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