Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp niphophila - Alpine Snow Gum - 50 Seeds
Myrtaceae - no shipment to Western Australia or Tasmania
This Eucalyptus is a small, often twisted gum growing to a maximum of 9m and a width of up to 3m although it frequently grows to only half this size in the wild. This is not a species with striking flowers but has a rare beauty all of its own.
The trunk tends to bark peeling and exhibits a range of colours and shades that can be anywhere from a light brown to tan to white to grey to red and frequently a combination of all.
The foliage is a deep green with the tree being shaped by wind or the weight of snow in the winter into a variable sculpture. Where they overhang rocks or outcroppings the branches tend to mould to the feature and are often fine and fan shaped, rivalling the very best driftwood for their daintiness, shape and colour.
This tree can make a magnificent small, unusual feature or grove.There is always debate as to which of the gums is the most cold tolerant of all. This gum lives in the alpine heights above 914m where it experiences three to four months of permanent snow and experiences probably the greatest extremes of cold of any Australian tree and is certainly tolerant of temperatures below -15°C and probably lower.
It is a wind firm tree that is frequently found in exposed windy areas, although it is most often found in more sheltered areas. It certainly rivals the other pauciflora subspecies and neglecta Eucalypt species for the title of our most cold tolerant gum (and in our opinion has no equal).50 premium quality seeds shipped on receipt of cleared funds.