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Eucalyptus victrix - Smooth-barked Coolibah
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 20-30 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Eucalyptus victrix (Smooth-barked Coolibah) - A slow growing small lignotuberous tree to 20-25 feet in cultivation with an attractive smooth white trunk and stems holding lance to slightly sickle shaped green leaves that are broadest at the base. From winter into spring appear the light green flower buds held in umbels with of up to seven buds that open to display creamy white flowers followed by conical fruit. Plant in full sun and irrigate occasionally to very infrequently (if at all along the coast) once established. It is said to be tolerant of both well-drained and poorly draining soils and hardy to temperatures down to 18 F. This tree is rare in cultivation in California, but should be planted more often as it is a tough tree that stays small and has a beautiful white smooth trunk. Eucalyptus victrix is in the subgenus Symphyomyrtus section Adnataria and it grows naturally in Western Australia, Central Australia in Northern Territory and far western Queensland where it is generally found in sandy-loam or clay-sand soils. The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'victrix' meaning "one who conquers" in reference to the success of this species in such a difficult climate. Other common names include Western Coolibah and Little Ghost Gum. We thank Jo O'Connell of of Australian Native Plant Nurseryin Casitas Springs (Ojai), California for introducing us to this tough and very attractive small tree.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Eucalyptus victrix.
 
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