Eucalyptus pauciflora – Snow Gum

A small to medium sized tree, with a spreading habit and beautiful twisted branches with pale green to cream smooth bark with strips of brown when the bark sheds, shiny leaves. It is slow growing but is long lived, and makes a nice specimen tree, for windbreaks and shelter tree for farms. White flowers in spring and summer. A good honey source and the foliage is used for essential oil production, it has a lovely fresh scent. Generally grows to around 4 to 8 metres tall, but can be taller in its natural range. Very cold tolerant, down to -23º C.

It grows naturally in the colder areas of eastern Australia, mainly in the Snowy Mountains and tablelands from Tasmania to southern Queensland.

Scientific Name:Eucalyptus pauciflora
Common Name:Snow Gum
Plant Type:Small tree, Large shrub
Height:4 ~ 20 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Cold climate
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Cool
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Street tree, Decorative fruit, Erosion control, Honey producing plant
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.