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Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
18m
Max height
7m
Max spread
25 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Eucalyptus coccifera

Other names

Mount Wellington peppermint, Tasmanian snow gum

Genus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus

Species

E. coccifera - E. coccifera is a spreading, evergreen tree with peeling, white or white-grey bark, rounded, mid-green juvenile leaves turning long, peppermint-scented, and grey-green with maturity, and umbels of white or cream flowers in summer.


Eucalyptus coccifera is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Leaves smell like pepperming when crushed.

Habit

Open branches, Spreading

Flower

White, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

May be affected by suckers.

Silver leaf , Oedema Silver leaf , Oedema

General care

Pruning

Remove damaged, diseased or crossing branches in late winter or early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint) will reach a height of 18m and a spread of 7m after 25 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Plant in neutral to slightly acidic soil in full sun and shelter when young. Ideal to plant the youngest available specimens in conditions as specified.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Eucalyptus coccifera

Other names

Mount Wellington peppermint, Tasmanian snow gum

Genus

Eucalyptus Eucalyptus

Species

E. coccifera - E. coccifera is a spreading, evergreen tree with peeling, white or white-grey bark, rounded, mid-green juvenile leaves turning long, peppermint-scented, and grey-green with maturity, and umbels of white or cream flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Leaves smell like pepperming when crushed.

Habit

Open branches, Spreading


Colour

Flower

White, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

May be affected by suckers.

Specific diseases

Silver leaf , Oedema

General care

Pruning

Remove damaged, diseased or crossing branches in late winter or early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint) will reach a height of 18m and a spread of 7m after 25 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Plant in neutral to slightly acidic soil in full sun and shelter when young. Ideal to plant the youngest available specimens in conditions as specified.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint)

Common pest name

; Apple bark beetle; Asian ambrosia beetle; Granulate ambrosia beetle

Scientific pest name

Xylosandrus crassiusculus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Ambrosia beetle which can affect a wide range of broadleaved trees; widespread in Africa; Asia and parts of the US; with outbreaks in France and Italy. The UK climate is unlikely to be suitable for the pest to thrive and cause significant damage but needs to be investigated through research. A Europe-wide PRA will help inform the case for EU regulation. Premises involved in importing wood and host plants from Italy in particular; where official measures are not being taken; should source material carefully.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint)

Common pest name

Eucalyptus rust; Guava rust; Rust of eucalyptus; Rust of guava

Scientific pest name

Puccinia psidii

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Rust fungus affecting members of the myrtle family; including Eucalyptus. Europe wide assessment should be considered; given its spread to areas (i.e. Tasmania) with similar climatic conditions.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Eucalyptus coccifera (Mount Wellington peppermint)

Common pest name

Bronze Bug

Scientific pest name

Thaumastocoris peregrinus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Stakeholder organisations may be willing to monitor. Encourage PRA and contingency plan at European level; given that they are at higher risk.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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