'Bonza' Because it’s the Aussie slang for "great", and this Eucalyptus makes its home in the coldest regions of Australia.
Hardiness One of the Snow Gums and considered one of the most cold hardy Eucalyptus trees available. In your landscape ‘Bonza’ will thrive in zone 7A and above. In colder zones, with some protection, trees are surviving down to zone 6B.
Getting Started This Southern Euc’s growth rate is slower than others but is definitely worth the wait.
Size All grown up this Eucalyptus tree could reach 30’.
Leaf Semi-pendulous with attractive stems that take on distinctive burgundy highlights.
Trunk & Bark Trunk is artistically contorted. Bark is smooth with patterned white and grey patches.
Flower Small white flowers.
Exposure Full sun. Also great selection for wind exposed and sites with salty air.
Soil Type All types, but does best in well-drained soils.
Container Plant? Smaller size, contorted trunk, smooth bark, and seasonal hints of color make it a great choice for a deck, porch, or patio.
What we learned in Southern Euc Trials In McDonough, GA (zone 8A) a 10 month old Eucalyptus tree had minimal leaf damage after a winter where temps reached 6°. In Atlanta, GA (zone 7B) a 10 month old tree that froze to the ground at 5°, has recovered nicely growing 6 – 8’ in that same year.
4" Pot A well-rooted, slightly branching, 6" - 10" (from top of root ball) Eucalyptus tree.
1 Gallon Pot More established root system and branching. 10" - 16" (from top of root ball) Eucalyptus tree.
3 Gallon Pot Dense root system and contortion in trunk. 2 - 4' (from top of root ball) well established tree.
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