Eucalyptus nicholi is commonly called the Narrow Leafed Peppermint Gum or Willow Peppermint, usually sold as tubestock through to 40cm pots, it can reach a height of 30m plus however usually around 15m. The foliage has a strong minty fragrance, especially in warmer weather.
Now used as a flavouring in a range of dishes this is more of a bush tucker herb than food. Creamy flowers in spring to summer. The leaves are a silvery blue/green and are narrow, hence the name ‘willow or narrow leafed peppermint’ and the stems are a red colour.
Excellent as a feature tree in a native garden and well suited to growing in parks and gardens. Used as a windbreak tree and a shade tree as well.
- Height – 10 to 15 meters.
- Spread – 5 to 12 meters.
- Position – Full sun – Not shade tolerant.
- Soil – Well drained.
- Growth rate – Fast.
- Drought Tolerant – Yes once established.
- Flower colour – Creamy white.
- Flowering Period -Autumn.
Eucalyptus nicholi Care
A sunny position in a well drained soil is essential. Stake young plants to prevent wind damage. Mulch for the first few years, after this the Peppermint Gum needs very little care at all.
Young plants should be pruned in the formative stages to ensure a good structure.