Evergreen grey/green leaves and peeling cream and silvery-green bark makes Eucalyptus pauciflora Niphophila a popular choice for winter interest. Creamy white flowers in summer attract bees and the aromatic leaves have a slender eliptical shape that looks beautiful all year round. Young leaves are rounder, while young shoots are pink-red with a white sheen.
The small size and upright shape of this evergreen Eucalyptus makes it a wonderful architectural tree for small gardens. Low maintenance and considerably smaller than Eucalyptus gunnii, Eucalyptus pauciflora Niphophila can be pollarded or coppiced to provide a multistem appearance or hard pruned to maintain the foliage shape of a young plant.
Tolerating poorly drained soil (not waterlogged), this Snow Gum tree grows in most soils, preferring slightly acidic. Benefiting from shelter when young, it can cope with more exposed sites as it matures. Eucalyptus trees do not take well to their roots being disturbed, so plan your planting position carefully - the size we sell is the largest size that we think is viable for transplanting.
AKA Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila, Snow Gum tree, Alpine Snow Gum
Our pot grown Snow Gum trees can be planted at any time of the year. Start by removing all weeds and grass within a metre of your intended planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your tree establish more effectively, especially if you have poor soil, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole.
Take the pot off and gently loosen the roots, then place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, then fill in the hole and firm around gently, making sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend using a stake and tie kit and, if your area is prone to rabbits, a rabbit guard too. For further information, visit our help and advice section.
If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. Make sure to keep an eye on young Snow Gum trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.
Snow Gum trees require formative pruning in the first few years. This should be carried out between February and March. The key thing to remember when pruning a Eucalyptus Pauciflora Niphophila tree is to never cut the central leader stem.
During the first 3 years, prune as follows: remove the side branches from the bottom third of the main stem. Prune half of the length from the sideshoots on the middle third of the main stem. Only remove damaged or overcrowded branches from the top third of the stem.
After the first 3 years, maintain a clear trunk by pruning any side shoots.
Covid-19: In response to government advice and for the safety of everyone, we have taken the difficult decision to stop nursery operations until mid-April.
It will still be possible to place new orders through our website and your trees will be tagged and reserved for you, but we will be unable to despatch them until operations resume.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): £19.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Clump||150-200cm||15L pot||£59.99 (ex VAT)|
|Single Stem Tree||150-200cm||10L pot||£59.99 (ex VAT)|