Eucalyptus remota Blakely

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Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

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'Eucalyptus remota' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/eucalyptus/eucalyptus-remota/). Accessed 2021-09-20.

Common Names

  • Kangaroo Island Mallee Ash

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Credits

Article from New Trees, Ross Bayton & John Grimshaw

Recommended citation
'Eucalyptus remota' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/eucalyptus/eucalyptus-remota/). Accessed 2021-09-20.

Mallee to 4 m. Bark fibrous close to the base; smooth and white or grey above. Branchlets yellowish red. Juvenile leaves ovate to lanceolate and greyish green. Adult leaves thick and dark green, 7.5–15 × 1.9–3.2 cm, lanceolate, lateral veins distinct, margins entire, apex acuminate; petiole channelled, 1.4–1.7 cm long. Inflorescences simple and axillary; umbellasters with 9–20 flowers. Flower buds club-shaped; hypanthium 0.3–0.5 cm wide; stamens white or cream. Capsule hemispherical (rarely subglobular), 0.5–0.8 cm diameter; valves three to five, almost flush. Chippendale 1988. Distribution AUSTRALIA: South Australia (Kangaroo Is.). Habitat Mallee scrub. USDA Hardiness Zone 8. Conservation status Not evaluated.

Eucalyptus remota is rather rare in cultivation, the only specimen traced being one at Logan planted in 1995. In 2006 this was only 5 m tall and leaning, having probably been suppressed by its neighbours, but the crown was healthy and thick – suggesting that in another situation it would be more successful. A notable feature was that the tree had a distinctly reddish appearance, derived from the coloration of the stems, petioles, leaf margins and dying leaves, as well as the ruddy bark. It would certainly seem to deserve wider trial, although its coastal origin does not portend great hardiness.