Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Yes, most people don't realize that Greece has cold winters (it is snowing right now as I write this, although not cold enough to settle at 4.7 deg C) The island of Skyros where I live is at the tail end of mainland Pilion in the Sporades group of islands and gets the weather from Pilion which gets snowed under every winter. There are wild pink oleanders growing all over the island (they survive because the free range goats don't eat them) so I will try to grow a variety of eucs that you recommend and experiment until something takes. Bottlebrushes, in fact many Aussie plants, do well in Greece and are planted all over because they can handle the harsh climate here, so I will also plant them. I just always loved the eucs because I want trees, and the smell is so lovely and the blue green colour unique - lots more I could say about my beloved gum trees but I guess you already know! Let you know how my experiment turns out. Thanks again.