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Eucalyptus cladocalyx 'Vintage Red'


Eucalyptus cladocalyx 'Vintage Red'

Family Name: Myrtaceae


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Shrub, Tree (Small (6m-15m))
Plant Shape Irregular
Maximum Height 10 m
Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width 5 m


Native Distribution Horticultural mutation of E. cladocalyx

Description and Ethnobotany

Others - Plant Morphology This cultivar is sold in nurseries as a small grafted shrub. It is a grafted plant, the rootstock being the parent type species E. cladocalyx. At this stage of its growth, the plant has juvenile foliage, which are simple leaves, orbicular in shape, about 2 to 4cm wide. The stems and branches are almost black, while the foliage is a deep wine red or purple, and the leaves are glaucous (have a layer of powdery-looking wax which makes the surface look grey).
Cultivation As this is a grafted tree, care must be taken to ensure that growth or shoots arising from the rootstock are completely cut back to the stem, otherwise they will affect the growth and health of the grafted plant. Any mulch applied to it should also be kept away from the base of the rootstock to prevent rotting, which will affect the vigour of the plant and possibly cause weakness to the graft union. This is a drought tolerant plant, and does not need to be irrigated once it is established.
Etymology The genus epithet 'eucalyptus comes from the Greek 'eu' menaing "well-" or "good" and 'kalypto' meaning "to cover", which refers to the operculum or "cap" covering the flower buds of plants belonging to this genus. The specific epithet 'cladocalyx means "stem-like calyx".

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Black, Blue, Purple, Red, Silver / Grey
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate)

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Master ID 29752
Species ID 4061
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Species record last updated on: 22 February 2022.