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'Big O' Eucalyptus Omeo Gum

'Big O' Eucalyptus Omeo Gum

(Myrtaceae Eucalyptus Neglecta Big O)

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    Eucalyptus Neglecta 'Big O' is a fast growing tree that can be grown in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 7A through 7A. It matures to an average height of 15 feet to 20 feet and an average width of 15 feet to 20 feet, depending on climate and other environmental factors. It prefers growing in a location that provides full sun and grows best when planted in sand soil that is well drained. The foliage is blue green in color. It attracts visual attention and is resistant to deer. If you like fragrance, Eucalyptus Neglecta 'Big O' has fragrant foliage.

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    Noteworthy Characteristics

    Eucalyptus neglecta ‘Big O’ is quickly becoming one of the most popular eucalyptus in the United States. Nick-named ‘Big 0’ for its unique, perfectly round leaves. Juvenile foliage is vivid blue with red highlights, fragrant, and a stand out in any floral or dried flower arrangement. The juvenile leaves are large and round and on square stems, and usually persist for 7-15 years before any adult leaves are seen, which are elongated. In a cool, moist climate the foliage assumes a fabulous purplish hue.  The bark is rough, fibrous and grey on the trunk, turning smooth grey and green above. ‘Big 0’ is highly rated for its cold hardiness. Because of its seed provenance, can handle temperatures down to -10 F.

    'Big O' is a fast growing small tree that will beg to be planted as a focal point in your garden, and one of the best Eucalyptus in the shade. All grown up it could reach 20’ in height with an equal spread.  'Big O’ handles waterlogged soil, is shade tolerant, is disease and considerably heat resistant, and long-lived. Responds well to pruning so size is easy to control. With all these attributes, it's no wonder this variety is a favorite.


    USDA Hardiness Zones & Details: 6b-11 (please see details below)

    In Atlanta, Georgia, 10 month old trees had minimal leaf damage and looked great after a brutal winter (2013/14) where temps reached 6 degrees.  In Western, NC, 10 month old trees - that froze to the ground at -10 degrees - are growing vigorously from their base.


    Culture & Care Tips

    Sun: Full to Mostly Sun
    Soil: Rich, well-drained, slightly acidic (5.5 to 6.5 pH)
    Water Needs: When young, water enough to keep soil moist during the first season. Therafter, provide supplemental water in the absence of rainfall.


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