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Design Standards for Urban Infrastructure
Plant Species for Urban Landscape Projects in Canberra
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus nicholii (Eni)
Common Name: willow peppermint, narrow-leaved black peppermint
Species description
 Evergreen
 Usually has a single trunk and rounded crown
 Dark brown fibrous bark
 Narrow, dark green, pendulous leaves
 White flowers in autumn
 Small hemispherical woody fruit
Height and width
15 to 20 metres tall by 10 to 15 metres wide
Species origin
Indigenous to the New England Tablelands of
New South Wales and southern Queensland
Landscape use
 Available Soil Volume required 68m3
 Use is limited to urban parks
 Not suitable as street tree
 Requires a minimum clearance of 6 metres from buildings
Use considerations
 Suitable for Canberra’s climate
 High frost tolerance to minus 10 degrees Celsius and very
high drought tolerance
 Will grow equally well on good or poor soils
 Medium longevity
 Moderate growth rate
 High flammability
 Can be affected by sawfly, leaf miners and Christmas
beetle attack
 Formative pruning when young is essential, as well as
monitoring of trees for branch splitting
 Provides excellent wildlife habitat, especially when in
wildlife corridors and urban parks
 Listed as problematic tree species under the Tree Protection Act 2005
Examples in Canberra
Solander Place, Yarralumla and Monkman Street, Chapman
Commercially available