Pronounciation: Ewe-ka-LIP-tus sa-LU-bris
Landscape Use: Small open canopied tree, light shade, great for residential or other small urban landscape spaces, excellent patio tree, best if used in groupings of multiple trees because of relatively sparsely dense canopy.
Form & Character: Sleek (smooth bronzy brown trunk) and refined evergreen small tree, classy.
Growth Habit: Woody evergreen perennial tree, moderate and open to 25 feet with somewhat less equal spread, usually multi-trunk.
Foliage/texture: Small, linear leaves to 3 inches long, gray green sometimes tinged with red when young, trunk shedding to become smooth and sometimes bronze metallic; very fine texture.
Flowers & fruits: Insignificant
Seasonal color: None
Temperature: Tolerant, hardy to 15 to 20oF.
Light: Full sun
Watering: Moderately drought tolerant, some summer supplemental water is desirable.
Pruning: Elevate canopy base when young. Train this tree extensively when it is small and young so as to expose the wonderfully smooth and colorful trunk character of this tree and avoid making large pruning wounds that may take years to seal over.
Disease and pests: None
Additional comments: Once established, the gimlet tree is potentially one of the nicest small eucalypts for cluster plantings in Phoenix residential landscapes. It does though need expert training when young to develop that wonderful trunk effect. However, in my opinion E. spathulata makes a nicer small specimen tree because of it's denser canopy when a small specimen tree is desired for that right place in a xeric landscape design motif..