Here are some good mail-order sources
for Eucalyptus trees and other Australian plants. Please note
that the ones which are not "recommended" do not mean I have had a poor
experience with them; it usually just means I haven't ordered from them
at all. Nurseries that I have had a poor experience with have been
excluded completely from this list. This is far from being an all-inclusive
list. Please contact me
if you have any other sources to recommend.
TWO WORDS OF CAUTION must
accompany this list: First, many of these nurseries grow eucs that
are not from the hardiest available seed provenances. If you order
plants from them, they may not be as cold-hardy as the temperatures cited
on my web page. Second, many nurseries will sell eucs that are rootbound
or large, and unsuitable for planting out. In all cases, ask specifically
for that are !!!
Nurseries Ltd. (formerly Celyn Vale Nurseries):
This nursery in Wales has gone out of their way to seek after some exceptionally
cold hardy Eucalyptus provenances. They sell plants of excellent
quality and provenance throughout Europe, but are unable to ship to the
U.S. because of USDA regulations. Highly recommended.
The following sources are all in the
offering usually about 20 hardy species of Eucalyptus, as well as
some other great Australian plants and Gondwanic conifers. Good quality,
Colvos Creek Nursery: Good selection
of Australian plants and other very interesting species. Some effort
is made to seek after cold-hardy provenances; many eucs are grown from
seed collected in Washington State. Highly recommended. No
website; please send US $3 for catalog. Address: Colvos Creek Nursery,
P. O. box 1512, Vashon Island, WA 98070
of Eucalyptus and Australian seed
A WORD OF CAUTION for seeds
too: Not all of these sources have gone out of their way to collect seed
from cold-hardy provenances. Where this is important, I would suggest
ordering seed from a reputable source for hardy provenances such as Milligans
or Eucalyptus Nurseries. I would not order from the other sources
unless you know exactly what provenance you are getting (for example, Forestry
Tasmania and Wildseed Tasmania can supply a variety of different provenances
and are very helpful), or if cold-hardiness is not important, or if for
some other reason it is your only choice.
At least with seed you will not have
to worry about the plants being overgrown and rootbound - you have control
over how well they are grown! For more information, see Growing
Seeds: A New Zealand
company specializing in a wide range of cold-hardy Eucalyptus and
other seed. Many extremely cold-hardy provenances available; highly
recommended. They also sell plants within New Zealand.
Seed Centre (a division of Forestry Tasmania):
Bulk quantities of Tasmanian eucalypt and other seed, particularly some
of the larger timber species used in forestry. Cold-hardy provenances
available upon inquiry.
Nindethana Seed Service:
Offers an unparalleled range of species of Australian plant seeds, available in bulk or small packets. Recommended. Euc seed is not selected for cold-hardiness.
all Tasmanian native eucalypt species, and a wonderful range of other Tasmanian
plants. I hope this company is still in business, since they were excellent. Cold-hardy provenances available upon
inquiry. Address: Wildseed Tasmania, Lot 2 Weston Hill Road, Sorrell,
Tasmania, 7172, AUSTRALIA
Zealand Tree Seeds: Offers a number of Eucalyptus species,
along with a great selection of New Zealand natives and other various trees.
Australian Seed Company: Excellent
selection; no guarantees for hardiness, but some hard-to-find species available.
No website. Address: Australian Seed Company, PO Box 67, Hazelbrook
NSW 2779, AUSTRALIA
Pty. Limited: Great selection of eucs and other Australian plants,
as well as many from other parts of the world.
English seed company offering a good selection of eucs (but not from very
hardy provenances), and a wealth of other fascinating plants including
many cold-hardy Australian species. Website is a bit difficult to
navigate; alternatively, send US $5 for catalogue. Address: Chiltern
Seeds, Bortree Stile, Ulverston, Cumbria, England, LA12 7PB, GREAT BRITAIN
D. Oriell - Seed Exporters: A
huge selection of Australian and other Gondwanic plants. No guarantees
for cold-hardiness. No website; send US $6 for catalog. Address:
D. Oriell -- Seed Exporter, 45 Frape Ave, Mt. Yokine, Perth, WA, AUSTRALIA,