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Australian Botanic Garden




Eucalyptus caesia subsp. magna

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - May

Common name -
Scientific name Eucalyptus caesia subsp. magna Brooker & Hopper
Family  Myrtaceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek, eu, well and calyptos, covered referring to the cap which covers the developing flowers.

Species: From Latin, caesius, light grey, referring to the greyish appearance of the buds, fruit and stems.

Distribution Only occurs in a restricted area in south Western Australia.
Native habitat On a small number of granite outcrops.
Description

It grows to about 15 metres in height with pendulous branches.

Flowering/fruiting Flowering is very conspicuous and occurs in winter and spring and is followed by large, silver urn-shaped gumnuts about 30 mm in diameter.

Location in Garden

Take the opportunity to see it  in our Bisectae Eucalypt Arboretum on Cunningham Drive, just opposite the hoop sculpture.

 

Known in cultivation as ‘Silver Princess’ it prefers a dry summer and well-drained soils. The flowers are large (up to 50 mm in diameter) and normally pink to red but white flowered plants are known.

 

 

Eucalyptus caesia subsp magna flowers

Eucalyptus caesia subsp magna flowers

Eucalyptus caesia subsp magna gumnuts