Planting the Wheatbelt
There are 160 naturally occurring eucalypts in the central Wheatbelt region, of which 32 are cultivated for various uses, including revegetation programs, oil extraction, floristry, and ornamental purposes.
Eight of these ornamentals rank among Australia’s favourite cultivars and appear in gardens across the eastern states. However, despite being endemic to the Wheatbelt they are hard to find on local farms or in Wheatbelt towns.
Building farm value
According to Malcolm French – a farm sale auctioneer with Elders and author of Eucalypts of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt – planting trees on your farm land can have a big impact on your farm’s value. Planting the right native species in the right spots – even only three to five plants – can make the difference between a sale or not, regardless of the state of the farming economy.
Planting native eucalypts can also boost the visual appeal of our Wheatbelt towns and roadsides. They make wonderful additions to farm entrances, yards, gardens and windbreaks, and are equally at home in town gardens for their brilliant displays that attract native birds. And planting them will help increase the region’s biodiversity and assist in preserving eucalypt species that have been listed as rare or threatened flora.
Here are some of our favourites for the garden:
Silver Princess – Eucalyptus caesia
Mottlecah – Eucalyptus macrocarpa
Square-fruited mallee – Eucalyptus calycogona subsp. calycogona
Glazed mallee - Eucalyptus tenera
Rose mallee – Eucalyptus rhodantha
Jingymia mallee – Eucalyptus synandra
Long flower marlock, River yate – Eucalyptus macrandra
Narrow-leaved granite mallee – Eucalyptus crucis subsp. lanceolata
Pear-fruited mallee, Dowerin Rose – Eucalyptus pryiformis
Here are some of our favourites for revegetation projects:
York Gum - Eucalyptus loxophleba subsp. loxophleba
Wheatbelt wandoo – Eucalyptus capillosa (Creates great nesting sites for black-cockatoos)
Wandoo, White gum – Eucalyptus wandoo subsp. wandoo (Creates great nesting sites for black-cockatoos)
Salt river gum – Eucalyptus sargentii subsp. sargentii (highly salt tolerant)
Salt gum – Eucalyptus salicola (highly salt tolerant)