In 1997 British Botanist Angus Heap, who worked in Atlanta as a landscape architect, observed English gardeners successfully growing specific Eucalyptus trees throughout the U.K. Fully aware that there was only a 10° difference in average winter temps between the U.K. and metro Atlanta, he soon began incorporating the hardier varieties into his high-end designs.
Before he passed away in 2005, Heap planted seeds in hope that the attractive and practical Eucalyptus tree would thrive in the southeast.
In 2015 Angus’ research carries on through the efforts of a Master Gardener and “GA Grown” nurseryman, an organic fruit and vegetable farmer, and an annual and bedding plant grower. Through research and seed collection in the coldest provenances of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand, 25 species have been identified for study.
Now, after planting a minimum of 12 of each species (over 500 total), in various locations, our team is identifying the most outstanding varieties for the region.