Smaller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia treats 84 smaller-growing eucalypts (relative to the 81 species included in the companion book Taller Eucalypts for Planting in Australia) suited for growing in Australia. Many of these species are already commonly grown and seen in gardens, streets, parks and farms throughout Australia, while others are rarely planted but have vast potential for much wider use, both in the urban landscape and in rural areas.
For each of the 84 species included in this book, a double-page provides the following information:
- Height graph indicating its usual and maximum height
- Images of cultivated plants with an estimation of their age
- Images of the bark, foliage, buds, flowers and fruits
- Map of Australia indicating its natural and planted distribution
- Why plant me? overview
- Meaning and origin of the name
- Features of the species, including flowering times
- Natural distribution and habitat
- Cultivation and uses
- Similar species – another 120 species briefly described
- A table indicating environmental preferences and tolerances
Researched, designed and written for anyone interested in the identification, selection, growing, management, and appreciation of eucalypts in gardens, streets, parks and on farms.
Author: Dean Nicolle
Dean Nicolle has been interested in Australian plants from childhood. By the age of 16 he was devoted to seeing in the wild, and attempting to grow, every known species of eucalypt. He is qualified with a Certificate in Horticulture, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Science (Honors in Botany) and a Ph.D. in eucalypt systematics.
Dean has established a career as a consultant arborist, botanist and ecologist, specialising in eucalyupts. He has named over 60 new species and subspecies of eucalypts and has written more than 50 scientific articles and a number of books on the eucalypts. He established and runs Currency Creek Arboretum, a specialised eucalypt research arboretum south of Adelaide, where he is growing over 800 eucalypt species, collected from all over Australia.
In 2015, Dean was awarded the inaugural Bjarne K Dahl Medal for providing an outstanding contribution to eucalypt conservation and education.