Swamp Mallet

Swamp Mallet

Common name Swamp Mallet
Botanical name Eucalyptus spathulata
Family Myrtaceae
Natural range West Australia
Mature height 8-10m
Form Multi-stemmed mallee
Likes Clay soils and dry/saline sites
Dislikes n/a
Where to plant Fast-growing screen or wildlife habitat
Known for Glossy bark and dense timber

What Makes the Swamp Mallet an Exceptional Eucalyptus?

For lovers of unique Eucalyptus species, the Swamp Mallet, or Eucalyptus spathulata, truly stands out. Hailing from the Myrtaceae family, this West Australian native tree, with a mature height of 8-10m, boasts a multi-stemmed ‘mallee’ form, making it a spectacle in any setting.

Can This Tree Thrive in Difficult Soil Conditions?

Interestingly, the Swamp Mallet holds a fondness for clay soils and dry/saline sites. This fast-growing screen can double up as a fantastic wildlife habitat and it isn’t known for having any dislikes! Its dense timber and glossy bark make it a visual treat, especially when the bark develops an astonishing glossy burgundy colour.

What’s Distinctive about the Swamp Mallet’s Appearance?

The uniqueness of the Swamp Mallet lies not only in its multiple stems but also in its impressive foliage. Its crown is dense with thin, leathery linear leaves, which make it a very distinctive Eucalypt. Once you’ve seen one, you’ll start noticing them almost everywhere!

Where is E. spatulata Typically Found?

The Swamp Mallet displays a remarkable versatility in terms of its habitat. It thrives in desert flats, broad valley floors, saline depressions, and along the edges of salt lakes in West Australia’s southern Wheatbelt and inland Great Southern regions. Its toughness is truly remarkable.

Why is This a Popular Choice for Street Tree?

The Swamp Mallet has risen to prominence as a popular street tree, particularly on the East Coast. Its resilience in testing conditions makes it an ideal ‘plant-it-and-forget-it’ option, often seen gracing the sides of highways.

What Uses Does the Swamp Mallet’s Wood Have?

The Swamp Mallet isn’t just an ornamental tree; its wood has practical uses too. Its timber is dense, heavy, hard, and a pale brown colour, making it a good source of firewood or a useful material for woodworking. Gardeners often plant it as a feature tree or as a windbreak due to its dense growth.

How Can the Swamp Mallet Enhance Your Home Garden?

Adding a Swamp Mallet to your home garden is like welcoming an indestructible guest. These trees are pretty much ‘bombproof’ and, over time, they reward you by growing into one of the country’s most interesting Eucalyptus species.

Fascinating Facts:
  1. The Swamp Mallet, contrary to many mallet species, develops multiple stems known as a ‘mallee’ form.
  2. Its mature timber and bark develop an impressive glossy burgundy colour.
  3. Swamp Mallet trees are often used as street trees due to their hardy nature.
Links for Further Reading:
  1. Planting and Growing the Swamp Mallet
  2. Uses of Swamp Mallet’s Wood
  3. Swamp Mallet as a Wildlife Habitat
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