E.magnificata.JPG (36148 bytes)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.