Eucalyptus_landsdowneana.jpg (46761 bytes)Eucalyptus lansdowneana: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Crimson Mallee.

Eucalyptus lansdowneana is a small tree that will reach a height less than ten metres. Our specimen, after six years, has reached a height of three metres.

The Crimson Mallee may have a single trunk or multiple stems. Cultivated plants usually have a single trunk.

The bark is smooth and greyish. During summer and autumn the bark is shed in large pieces. The new bark is whitish to pale brown.

Leaves are up to 15 centimetres long, two centimetres wide, leathery, lanceolate and yellowish-green to grey-green.

Buds and flowers are held in clusters of seven. Blooms are 1.5 centimetres across, deep crimson, purple or white. They are both conspicuous and profuse. The flowering period extends from spring to mid-summer. Gum nuts are barrel-shaped, slightly ribbed and shiny.

Eucalyptus lansdowneana has proved to be a hardy species. The specimen illustrated first flowered in January 2011.

The Crimson Mallee is a native of South Australia.

Propagate from seed.