Biomass potential for individual species

Eucalyptus rodwayi (Swamp peppermint)

Species potential for biomass > Species potential for E.rodway

Eucalyptus rodwayi is one of the hardiest of the swamp gums.  It is a rare species in arboreta in the British Isles, and has only recently been considered as a species for evaluation for SRF.

However, in Southland in New Zealand it is commonly planted on the coldest sites in windbreaks and on wet sites with a high water table. In Britain, its form in arboreta is good, and young trees grow very quickly. In its native habitat in Tasmania it grows on seasonally wet sites at high elevations, although in cultivation it grows well in drier conditions also. Established trees are likely to be hardy to at least -16°C. This species deserves to be trialled widely, particularly on wet sites that can be cold in winter.

Eucalyptus rodwayi age 7  years

Two specimens (centre right) of Eucalyptus rodwayi age 7 years, in a notoriously frosty valley bottom in north Kent

Eucalyptus rodwayi age  11 years

Eucalyptus rodwayi age 11 years in a farm shelterbelt on an exposed plain near Manapouri, Southland, New Zealand.  The cultivation has disturbed the unusually extensive surface root system of this species.  Early growth of all eucalypts in this area is slow, due to the challenging environment and to limited control of grasses around the trees after planting.