Summer 2017. 1 litre stock is available now. 3 litre ready again beginning of July. Large sizes available again in late 2017
Description, habit, uses and attributes:
E. archeri closely resembles and is related to E. gunni, but E. archeri ultimately produces a much smaller tree in maturity; which makes it a better choice for many locations. E. archeri responds well to pruning and coppicing. In a reasonable growing period (if planted well) it produces an admirable evergreen hedge-screen (2-3m tall), particularly as it is very tolerant of exposure (windy conditions) and salt laden winds.
Lignotuber: it has one, which is a good thing! Eucalyptus archeri will regenerate off the lignotuber if cut down by man, beast or nature. It also produces many shoots from epicormic buds lying dormant beneath the bark higher up the tree; so E. archeri will respond extremely well to both coppicing and pollarding practices.
What is a lignotuber? hyperlink to help page
How to use in the landscape and/or garden:
How to grow or train it to get the best out of it
Good Specimen Tree for the wider landscape and for the medium or larger garden
Growing a full sized standard. Planting the tree and running away is an option, but it wont necessarily give you the best results. For information on how to do it properly see our growing notes here - hyperlink to help page
Growing shrub-onna-stick clipped standard: E. archeri is a good choice for this practice. This is an opportunity to grow a Eucalyptus in a confined space and control its overall size. You can produce a small tree on a trunk with a height of anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 4m (around 12ft) See our growing notes here - hyperlink to help page
Growing a multi-stemmed bush or tree
Q: Why would you want to do this?
A: To create - a tree with more body or ‘mass’ for screening purposes
- an attractive multi-stemmed architectural tree, especially if it has exceptional bark
- to control height where your Euc can be usefully maintained anywhere between 2.4m (8ft) and 7m (20ft), but genetically it may want to grow taller if ignored.
E. archeri is great as a multi-stemmed affair as it is genetically predisposed to being bushy; it readily produces sublateral branches
To produce your own multistem from a young tree or maxi tree see out growing notes here - hyperlink to help page
Floral Art: E. archeri is a great species for cut foliage with round silvery blue juvenile leaves - just what the florist ordered. Also preserves well in glycerin.
For information on how to grow cut foliage, see out ‘How to’ pages here - hyperlink to help page
Firewood Production: E. archeri will burn just as well as E. gunnii and E. urnigera, but it doesn’t give as high a yield, so is not considered a viable prospect for large-scale firewood production.
For information on how to grow firewood, see out ‘How to’ pages here - hyperlink to help page
Hedge-Screens & Windbreaks: E. archeri is an excellent choice for growing a hedge-screen. Its silvery blue foliage acts like a net curtain, reflecting light and confusing the eye, so you can’t see through to the other side. The recommended planting distance between each plant is 1.5m-1.8m, certainly no closer than 1.2m apart.
For information on how to grow hedge-screens, see out ‘How to’ pages here - hyperlink to help page
- Good tree for livestock to stand under for shade. Eucalyptus provide a cool environment for horses, cattle, llamas, sheep to shelter from the sun on hot days, as the mass evaporation of water through the leaves creates a cool shady canopy beneath. Also, I believe that the eucalyptol in the leaves deters flies
- Bees. All Eucalyptus produce flowers with nectar and pollen useful to bees and other pollinating insects
- Habitat creation and Game Cover: this species lends itself to providing good trouble-free habitat creation for wildlife and game cover, when planted in groups and grown as multi-stems.
Birds enjoy roosting in Eucalyptus trees and Pheasants like rootling around underneath them.
- Chickens: The shredded foliage of this species is excellent at keeping Chicken nest boxes and hen houses free of red mites, which detest the prescence of Eucalyptol. I used to line our Chicken boxes with shredded leaves, strew the floor and pile up the spindly branches for the chickens to make nests. Its was all great till the foxes moved into the next field...:/
- Tolerant of cold and exposed growing environments inland. You may need to prune the head back in August for the first two years, prior to violent autumn gales, to prevent root rock, in such exposed locations. Thick bark chip mulch, to a depth of 150 mm (6 inches) is essential to assist with good establishment
- Tolerant of arrid environments, poor stoney dry soils once established. It is essential that your Euc. is given lots of water during its establishment phase before you abandon it to its fate. The tree needs to establish a good root system before it can survive in these challenging conditions.
Pot Culture outdoors: E. archeri can be grown in a large patio pot for a few years as it responds to pruning and coppicing: see our notes on growing in pots.
For information on how to grow Eucs in pots, see out ‘How to’ pages here: hyperlink to help page
Shoots ‘n Leaves: Young shoots are striking bright flamingo pink in spring, with silvery white and steely blue
Young stems are carmine/purple with a silvery white bloom give way to pinky brown colour as they mature
Juvenile foliage is rounded, striking silvery blue
Adult foliage is of lanceolate/elliptical leaves in blue/green shades, 4-9 cm long
Bark: Very attractive smooth white/grey bark, which flakes and peels to show salmon pink, pewter, chalk white and coffee shades, in a mosaic pattern
Flowers: White and in groups of 3
Leaf Aroma: Typical fresh Eucalyptus aroma
Rate of Growth: Medium to Fast growth rate of 1.5 to 2 metres per year
Height in maturity, if left unpruned: a medium sized Eucalyptus of approx 12-15m tall if unchecked and if pruned will take on the size and shape of a species rose or coppiced Hazel tree. Responds well to coppicing and pollarding.
Hardiness: Very hardy. Tolerant of exposed conditions. The young trees in our nursery survived well, during the winter 2010/11. Should easily tolerate down to -15°C
Hardiness in Eucalyptus is governed by provenance of seed, how it is grown (i.e. high nitrogen levels reduces cold tolerance), age of the tree - the older your tree, the hardier it will be (younger Eucs are more susceptible to frost damage).
Planting Position and Soil Preference
This Eucalyptus requires full sun. Ordinary garden soil is good, as is loamy, sandy/stoney free draining soil. E. archeri grows very well for us at Grafton Nursery in our cold, wet, swampy, alkaline yellow clay, so any soil better than this will be fine!
Make life easier for you and your new tree: Plant with the mycorrhizal fungi product Rootgrow. Eucalyptus in particular have a special, lifelong relationship with their root fungi, the latter of which actively transport food and water directly into the tree roots, helping your new Euc establish faster and more efficiently, particularly in challenging types of soil.
Meaning of the Name
Eucalyptus archeri named after the secretary of the Royal Society, Tasmania; a Mr William H. Archer (1829-1874), plant hunter and botanist. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Linnean Society. In 1848, he collected Eucalyptus plant material from the Western Mountains of Tasmania; trees later named Eucalyptus archeri.