Eucalyptus boliviana: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Bolivia Stringybark.
The Bolivia Stringybark will develop into either a single-trunked tree reaching a height of 12 metres or so or a five metre, multi-stemmed mallee. This mallee growth habit is probably triggered by bushfires and usually occurs in the wild. Cultivated plants will usually have a single trunk.
Branchlets are square and dull green with a whitish bloom. The juvenile leaves are dull green. Initially adult leaves are dull green and age to glossy green. Mature leaves range in size from 8 to 16 centimetres in length.
The flowers, on our specimen, are cream although the botanical description gives their colour as yellow. They are said to be held in clusters of seven. Our blooms are only in twos and threes. This is the first flowering (June 2011) and we would expect larger flower clusters as the specimen matures. The flowering period is another difference between official descriptions and our plant. September is the official flowering period whereas our plant bloomed in June (see above). Gum nuts are hemispherical and broadly funnel-shaped.
Eucalyptus boliviana is one of Australia’s rarest Eucalypts. The only occurrence is in the Bolivia Hill Nature Reserve (hence the common name), north of Glen Innes on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. The total population is calculated at less than 1500 individuals. Fortunately the species is coming into cultivation, thanks mainly to the Armidale Tree Group, so the future of this unusual Eucalypt is assured.
We have found Eucalyptus boliviana to be hardy and resistant to both drought and frost.
Propagate from seed.