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Eucalyptus kruseana (Bookleaf Mallee)

Bookleaf Mallee, Book-Leaf Mallee, Kruse's Bookleaf Mallee, Eucalyptus morrisonii


Slow-growing, Eucalyptus kruseana (Bookleaf Mallee) is an attractive small evergreen tree or multi branched shrub of rounded habit. It is noted for its unusual and ravishing foliage of rounded silvery-blue leaves closely stacked in pairs along the stems. The closely packed foliage has given rise to the common name. In spring, abundant clusters of creamy-yellow flowers surround the branches like floral bracelets. They open from waxy-white buds with cone-shaped caps and are followed by round to cup-shaped fruits. The bark is smooth on the limbs, bronze to coppery, and sheds in thin ribbons. Native to Western Australia, Bookleaf Mallee occurs naturally on rocky hills in an arid environment. Popular in cultivation, Bookleaf Mallee is prized as a garden or container specimen for its attractive bark, handsome foliage, buds, flowers and fruit. Heat and drought tolerant, it is a good choice for the dry or water-wise garden. Excellent for flower arrangements.

  • Grows up to 6-12 ft. tall and wide (180-360 cm). Usually grows 12 in. or more per year (30 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant, this eucalyptus requires occasional to infrequent irrigation. Thrives in most soil types, including coastal sands, but it is essential that the site is free-draining and sunny.
  • Prune at an early age to establish the desired shape.
  • Keep an eye out for caterpillars, armillaria. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to Western Australia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Eucalyptus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Climate Zones 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Eucalyptus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Spread 6' – 12' (180cm – 3.6m)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants Australia
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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