While currently not easy to obtain, we hope that nurseries will consider stocking species like this in the future, which we believe ill offer great resilience in a warmer, dryer climate.
Comon name: Whitewood
Origin: Widespread in the dry, inland areas of Australia, found in every mainland State except Victoria. Occurring mainly on open plains and alluvial flats; less common on stony country.
Typical height: 6-9 metres
Typical width: 4-7 metres
Growth rate: Moderate
Typical form: Small evergreen tree with an open, spreading canopy.
Characteristics: Pale grey-whiteish, smooth to scaly bark. Leaves are variable, adult leaves are pinnate with narrow oblong-lanceolate leaflets, waxy green above, paler below (hemiglauca – half grey). Flowers are small, creamy-green, in large, branched clusters followed by two winged dry fruits (samara), similar to some Maples.
Site requirements: Grows in most soils, but prefers coarse sands and clay loams and full sun.
Tolerances: High drought tolerance.
Notes: Formative prune to develop strong structure. Suckers freely from the roots and regrows freely from damaged roots.