It may prove particularly useful in providing windbreaks for plantings of productive species. Form is good and height growth is fast, though volume growth is modest. It was introduced as an ornamental tree in the British Isles around 1900, but it remains rare. Its silver foliage is distinctive and unusual in that it is retained in mature trees. Established trees are not damaged by -10°C, though they are likely to be severely damaged between -12°C and -14°C. However, a very large specimen in the front garden of a house in Shipley, Yorkshire apparently survived the winter of 2010-2011 and certainly survived earlier cold winters with no damage; this may suggest that some individuals are hardier.
A shelterbelt of Eucalyptus cordata ssp. quadrangulosa screening farm buildings at the base of the hill, Curio Bay, Southland, New Zealand. The stand is less than Ikm from the Southern Ocean, and the exposure can be gauged from the windswept shrubs closer to the camera.
A shelterbelt of Eucalyptus cordata ssp. quadrangulosa near Dipton, Southland, New Zealand. Note the good form and silver foliage.
A large old specimen of Eucalyptus cordata ssp. quadrangulosa in Kilmacurragh arboretum, Co. Wicklow. The tree is likely to have been planted in the early 1900s, probably prior to 1908, and was mis-identified until recently. The location is quite mild.