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Re: Best choice?
Posted by georgeinbandon,oregon on 2/19/2012, 7:45 pm, in reply to "Re: Best choice?"
well you seem to be talking about a huge area "somewhere between lebec (zone 7) and lancaster (which is classified as high desert---zone 11)" your choices may be restricted by a combination of hot dry summers and cold dry winters. i would suggest you consider gunnii,parvula macarthuri, nova-anglica, and maybeleucoxylon, viminalis or camaldulensis (the last 3 may be tender in cold winters in your area. now if you can find eucs already growing in your immeadiate area then you can try getting seed or plants of that particular species. another consideration is seeing if you can get assistance from the extension service in the county your property is in. a big potential problem will be obtaining planting stock and probably the best thing is to grow from seed. u.s. seed suppliers like www.australiaplants.com should sell many of the species or you can try ebay for australian suppliers. when you get adequate planting stock then you may have to consider addequate fertilization, weed control, and as mentioned previously irrigation---unfortunately, eucs especially when treated as crops in less than ideal climates are not plant and forget so you will need to to factor these considerations in plus potentially fire control (i.e. fire breaks around planting area) and the possibility of destructive browing by deer and rabbits and protection against same (repellents, fencing, etc.). hope this is of some help and doesnt scare you off---but your project will take time, money, and resources to realize no matter where you are. good luck.
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