Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila
Alpine Snow Gum
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Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen tree or large shrub, to 20 ft (6 m) tall, sometimes only to about 4 ft (1.2 m), low branching habit, young shoots red with a white bloom. Bark smooth, white to light gray, sometimes red-brown, shedding in irregular patches, giving mottled appearance. Juvenile leaves opposite, ovate; adult leaves broadly lanceolate to narrowly ovate, 5-8 cm long and 1-2 cm wide, thick, green to blue-green, petiole channeled, 1-2 cm long. Flowers white or cream. Fruit globose or conical or pyriform.
- Sun, drought tolerant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to the Snowy Mountains of Australia, New South Wales and Victoria above 1500m (5000ft).
- pauciflora: from pauci, few and flora, flower; nipophila: from the Greek, niphos, snow, a reference to the white bloom which covers the twigs.
- Scappoose, Oregon: Joy Creek Nursery