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Products > Eucalyptus kruseana
Eucalyptus kruseana - Book-leaf Mallee

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 6-10 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Eucalyptus kruseana (Book-leaf Mallee) - The foliage on this evergreen shrub looks like miniature Eucalyptus pulverulenta leaves with pairs of rounded silvery-blue leaves stacked neatly and tightly along the stem. It is a slow growing shrub that has an angular shape reaching 8-10 feet tall and typically wider than tall, but can be cut hard to its lignotuberous base to make a more dense rounded shrub. The yellow flowers bloom in between the pairs of foliage in the spring. Plant in full sun with occasional to infrequent irrigation. It is hardy to around 20 F. This plant is a very attractive and reliable plant in summer dry landscapes in Santa Barbara and is great for use in flower arrangements much like the similar but more open Eucalyptus pulverulenta 'Baby Blue'. This mallee (shrubby Eucalypt) has a restricted distribution range east and south-east of Kalgoorlie in southern in Western Australia, usually growing on or around granite rocks. The specific epithet honors John Kruse, a 19th century pharmacist and chemist from Fitzroy, Victoria. We first grew this plant from 1993 until 2003 after seeing it growing well in an unirrigated are in Franceschi Park, a city park located high on the Santa Barbara Riviera. We have not found record of who first introduced this interesting plant into California, but it was listed as growing in Santa Barbara as early as in 1972.  Information displayed on this page about  Eucalyptus kruseana is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.