Eucalyptus magnificata: It is now over
ten years since the first native plants went into the ground at Yallaroo. This
initial group was planted on a rocky hillside some distance from the ultimate
location of our house. This first group consisted of some Hakeas, Casuarinas
and one Eucalyptus magnificata. In that time it has reached a height of
four metres and has flowered at least twice.
Closer to the house there is another specimen that is about four years old.
This tree is also about four metres tall but has denser foliage than the
original plant because it has had more care, attention and importantly, more
water in its youth. In early summer of 2003 this younger plant produced a
cluster (see image) of buds on one branch.
Eucalyptus magnificata is known as the Blue Box and is a rare species
from two sites on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. The Blue Box
develops into a small tree. The leaves are oval and five to ten centimetres
long by four to six centimetres wide. They are bluish-green in colour. The buds
are club-shaped and usually appear in groups of seven. The distinctive gum
nuts are cone-shaped.
The foliage of Blue Box is its most attractive feature. This Eucalypt
could be grown as a specimen tree in larger suburban gardens or as a component
of shelterbelts and windbreaks on rural properties.
Propagate from seed.
Some time ago Eucalyptus magnificata was split from Eucalyptus
baueriana. The two species are similar but Eucalyptus magnificata
is said to have slightly different foliage and larger, glaucous buds and
fruits. There is also a difference in their distribution. Eucalyptus
baueriana occurs on the Central Coast and South Coast of New South Wales
as well as Victoria.