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Peppermint Gum - Eucalyptus radiata - Care Guide

Peppermint Gum Growing Tips

Image from Melbourne Bushfood

    Eucalyptus radiata, commonly known as the narrow-leaved peppermint or Forth River peppermint, bears beautiful leaves that are easy to recognize thanks to their silvery shimmering in the light. Seeing that, the eye is drawn to the trunk, which peels in colourful layers that meld silver, brown and green.

    It blooms to provide excellent nectar for honey. Dots on each leaf are actually oil glands. These are great for eucalyptus essential oil.

    Eucalyptus flavour even appears in mint-flavoured chewing gum and in cough drops!

    It is native to Tassie, here in Australia.

      Image from Melbourne Bushfood

      Good for:

      - Beginners

      - Pots

      - Garden


      Moist Soils


      Full sun


      10–50 m 



      Plant Eucalyptus radiata in a sunny spot, well protected from strong winds and with Osmocote Premium potting mix mixed with garden soil. Water well for best results. This is a fast growing species - best for beginners. 

      Proper mulch will avoid having weeds proliferate around the trunk and will protect the root system when winters are cold, especially during the first few years.

      Drought Tolerance 

      They will do moderately well in dry conditions but regular watering is recommended during extreme conditions.


      Frost Tolerance 

      It is vulnerable to heavy frost and will not survive below 23°F (-5°C) at a tender age. However, use of thick mulch around the tree for the first few years should help it cope with winter freezing well.


      Grow in ordinary, well drained soils


      Regular watering during extreme heat/drought can be done for better results.

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