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Eucalyptus Corymbia Maculata Spotted Gum Seeds
Packet of 100+ tiny little seeds!
They were once known as Eucalyptus maculata and are a very popular timber and logging species.
I’m told they are one of the main species to use for power and utility poles as they are tall, straight, and very termite and borer resistant too.
They are also a popular choice for root stock of all those fancy hybrid flowering gums you see at the big box garden centres these days.
If you look closely the roots and stem is this strong hardy disease resistant fella, and it has been attached to a colourful, but much weaker plant on top.
That man made hybrid on top is only good at flowering and it gets all the energy to do so by sucking it out of this guy.
Instead of getting huge and growing into a massive tree this guys spends all its time just keeping that parasite of sorts alive.
Here at home these are the largest trees on the property and in other place they can reach some dizzying heights.
The NSW state library has a picture of one that was allegedly 91metres(300 ft) tall and 5.5metres(18 ft) wide!
The picture dates from a collection made in the 1880-1900 and there may be a bit of exaggeration there, but even if it was only half that it’s still pretty bloody amazing I reckon.
At our place they dominate the skyline and provide lots of nooks and crannies for the birds, possums, even the native bees make hives in them.
When they flower they bring a huge range of pollinating insects and dozens of birds feed on them too.
At night the little sugar gliders and possums come out and get a feed from the flowers which is very cute to see when spotlighting.
In dry rocky areas of VIC, NSW, and QLD they are the dominant species and they have also spread outside there range to Western Australia and South Australia.
They are also grown on a massive scale in South Africa both as a timber and a nectar tree for honey production, and the honey produced is said to be light amber, good flavour and slow to granulate.
The flowers also produce a lot of pollen making them a valuable source of pollen for brood-rearing European honeybees.
It’s a cool tree and easy to grow.
Sprinkle the seeds onto a sandy soil mix, keep moist, divide them up early before they get root bound, can’t go wrong.
Wildharvested by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!