E.codonocarpa.jpg (49604 bytes)Eucalyptus codonocarpa: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Bell-fruited Mallee. This species used to be a sub-species of Eucalyptus approximans. Basically the main difference between the two species is the number of buds in each cluster. Eucalyptus codonocarpa has three buds per cluster and Eucalyptus approximans has seven buds in each cluster.
In the wild, both species develop into multi-stemmed mallees (see image). Often the lignotuber (swollen root mass) is one metre in diameter. The mallee growth habit appears to be triggered by bushfires. In cultivation, plants usually only develop one stem.
The leaves are leathery, narrow-lanceolate and glossy green. Flowers are almost pure white and usually appear in spring. The fruits (or gum nuts) are cylindrical or hemispherical.
Eucalyptus codonocarpa is an attractive small tree that could be grown as a “stand alone” specimen or incorporated in informal hedges or screens.
Propagate from seed.