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Re: Eucalyptus in MO and KS
yes, as i indicated in my response to your original post neglecta(at least good provenances of this species) is probably the leading plant to try. perrinniana and parvula are also possiblilites. species and/or selections of species growing on the australian mainland are probably the best route---tasmanian selections come from areas with a more milder maritime influence while the mainland is more continental and therefore likely more tolerant of "extremes of heat and cold". however, it is important to consider that even cold areas of australia have very different conditions from where you (and indeed most north americans) are. aussie summers/growing seasons apparently last longer and then gradually transition into the cold period---very much unlike the sudden changes in temp in most parts of the u.s. (especially the midwest). this allows the hardy species ample time to harden off for when the cold does come which when it does is compairtively limited in duration and frequency. even if you get a hardy euc species under midwest conditions they will probably will suffur some kind of at least cosmetic damage or worse almost every year . individually and collectively i dont believe that eucs are any hardier to cold than any other evergreen broadleaves (magnolias, oaks, etc) and IF you have problems growing other broadleaf evergreen TREES in your area you will almost certainly not do much better with eucs. that said, you/i never know how things will really turn out under your particular conditions and you may have pleasant surprises that really stump the "experts" (let alone yours truly) and there is always the possiblilty that plants apparently killed can sprout back with vigor and very attractive juvenile foliage to grace your garden and astound the neighbors. good luck and best wishes for your experiments.
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