Eucalyptus pumila: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Pokolbin Mallee.
Eucalyptus pumila is a small tree that will reach a height of five metres. In the wild plants will adopt a mallee growth habit with multiple stems arising from a lignotuber (swollen root mass). Mallee growth is usually triggered by bushfires. When cultivated in less harsh conditions, plants will usually make do with one trunk.
The bark is smooth, grey to pink, yellow-green, brown, cream or white and is shed from the stems in ribbons.
Leaves are bright, glossy green on both surfaces. They may be lanceolate or falcate (sickle-shaped) and up to 16 centimetres long by 1.5 centimetres wide.
Buds are carried in clusters of seven, cylindrical in shape with a conical cap. The flowers are up to 1.5 centimetres across, white, conspicuous and often profuse. They are followed by gum nuts that are hemispherical with valves exserted (protruding). Flowering has been observed in the months of February, April, June and August.
The Pokolbin Mallee is an interesting small tree. The species is very rare and is only known from one locality in the Hunter Valley, north of Sydney.
Eucalyptus pumila is not closely related to any other Eucalypt.
The Pokolbin Mallee is worth cultivating for a number of reasons. The species is small enough to be grown in suburban gardens, it is an attractive plant, flowers are conspicuous, the species is very hardy and finally this Eucalypt should be widely cultivated because of its rarity. The more specimens in cultivation the less the risk of the species becoming extinct.
Propagate from seed.