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Eucalyptus haemostoma (Scribbly Gum)

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Growing kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) in your garden. Learn how to grow kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) in your garden. Article written by native gardening expert Angus Stewart.

Australian Native Orchids. Native orchids range from the spectacular epiphytic (growing on trees) and lithophytic (growing on rocks) species of the tropical jungles and warmer areas of Australia, to the intricately subtle terrestrial (growing in the ground) species found throughout the dry eucalypts forests throughout the continent.

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Plant description

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Eucalyptus haemostoma is the lovely scribbly gum, featured in the May Gibbs Bib and Bub childrens books. It has a beautiful white or grey trunk with its intriguing insect-caused scribbles. It has thin ribbons of shedding bark as well.  It grows in a wonderfully contorted, spreading shape to give a characteristically Australian tree. Has cream white flowers. Use it as a feature tree for an informal bush garden look. It needs very little maintenance. Naturally grows on Sydney sandstone soils, so needs a well drained soil. Good for cool to warm temperate climate.

Further reading: Australian Native Trees and Top Gum Trees for Gardens (articles written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White
Flowering season: spring summer

Plant size

Maximum height: 15 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres

Maximum width: 15 metres
Minimum width: 10 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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