The Mountain White Gum, otherwise known as the Eucalyptus Dalrympleana or Wintercreeper ‘Canadale Gold’, Spindle ‘Canadale Gold’, is a rather well known shrub plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and fast growth, this shrub will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
Fortunately, this is exactly what we’ll cover in this Mountain White Gum Care Guide. So let’s dive in.
The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Mountain White Gum are the following:
- Water: The Mountain White Gum grows best with watering each week. Increase the frequency of watering when it gets hot.
- Light: Keep your Eucalyptus Dalrympleana in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Mountain White Gum in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Mountain White Gum will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Mountain White Gum belongs to the Celastraceae family, the genus Euonymus and the species Fortunei, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Eucalyptus Dalrympleana.
As with other Euonymus’s, the Mountain White Gum is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.
The Mountain White Gum is a plant native to the Assam to Temp. Eastern Asia and Western & Central Malesia.
As a rule of thumb, we recommend to always keep in mind your plants’ native region and environment, since these are the conditions that your Mountain White Gum is most accustomed to, thus where it can most favorably.
With this in mind, the Eucalyptus Dalrympleana will be most used to the heat zones in the 2 – 9 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a and the ideal climate zone is between 2, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Mountain White Gum is a relatively fast grower, which makes things tricky for any plant enthusiast.
But, how big does the Mountain White Gum actually get? What should you expect in terms of size? Let’s dive right in…
The Eucalyptus Dalrympleana can grow up to 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) in 2′ – 3′ (60cm – 90cm) and 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm) in 3′ – 4′ (90cm – 120cm).
These dimensions make the Mountain White Gum a relatively medium shrub compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 36″ – 48″ (90cm – 120cm) free so the Mountain White Gum can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Mountain White Gum is a fairly simple plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Eucalyptus Dalrympleana grows best with watering each week. Increase the frequency of watering when it gets hot.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Mountain White Gum in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, moist, occasionally dry, and very dry properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Mountain White Gum since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.
As mentioned earlier, the Mountain White Gum prefers to have soil with good drainage, moist, occasionally dry, and very dry properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
This is why most experts agree that the Mountain White Gum requires soil with loam (silt), sand, clay, high organic matter, and shallow rocky, which will give you the right conditions it needs.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Mountain White Gum requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this shrub will do well as long as you keep it in partial to full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Eucalyptus Dalrympleana in from little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day), to dappled or moderate shade (under other plant’s canopy), to full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).
Being an evergreen plant, the Mountain White Gum will be present year round in your garden.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (early, mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), the fall, and during the winter.
You can expect your Mountain White Gum to flower around the summer months from July to September (summer).
The Mountain White Gum produces some beautiful white, or insignificant, green and white flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Mountain White Gum have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a simple arrangement with a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Eucalyptus Dalrympleana to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
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Most Eucalyptus Dalrympleana owners agree that this shrub will look great in most mediterranean gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, and in prairie and meadow styles.
In particular, the Mountain White Gum’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, hedges and screens, banks and slopes, ground covers, and in patio and containers, others use it for landscaping in a cutting garden, or a specimen.
Even though we covered a lot of care information for your Mountain White Gum, remember the basics: sunlight, soil and water, as these should be enough to grow a healthy plant at home.