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Eucalyptus Species, Kruse's Mallee, Bookleaf Mallee

Eucalyptus kruseana

Family: Myrtaceae (mir-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eucalyptus (yoo-kuh-LIP-tus) (Info)
Species: kruseana (kroos-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Eucalyptus morrisonii




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bouse, Arizona

Buckeye, Arizona

Chandler, Arizona

Glendale, Arizona

Golden Valley, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Acton, California

Arroyo Grande, California

Henderson, Nevada (2 reports)

North Las Vegas, Nevada

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 27, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A few invasive species have given the whole genus a bad name. This species stays small, rarely reproduces in cultivation, and does not drop bark strips. The worst that can be said about it is that the habit is often straggly.

The foliage remains juvenile in adult plants.


On Aug 27, 2016, Carse from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

I planted two Bookleaf Mallees in the spring of 2014. They were small, about three feet tall. We had a brutal June in Las Vegas in 2014, with ten straight days hotter than 110' and six straight hotter than 115'. Some of my newly planted bushes and trees did not fare so well. The Mallees and the Chaste trees seemed to thrive in it, however! The Mallees are now 10 feet plus and spectacular to look at! I'm wondering if I should trim them or just let them go. Any advice?


On Jun 24, 2015, w4006 from Bouse, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love my 2 Bookleaf Mallees. Last year, however, the branches of both went from a beautiful close conformation to an open one. I still love and enjoy my trees but am disappointmented with the change. Any comments on this?
On one of the trees, a couple of the very low branches have produced a couple of new straight up growths. I wondered and am trying layering. I pushed the branch down to the ground and covered with soil. I will be interested at the outcome.


On Jan 14, 2015, cocoajuno from (Zone 9a) wrote:

The hardiness zone for this plant should include 9a and 9b.
I love this plant as a tree it is a beautiful specimen tree. I collected the seeds and plan to grow a few more.


On Nov 28, 2014, GracefulGhost from North Las Vegas, NV wrote:

Love, love, love this bush / tree! I bought this as a shade for my a/c unit thinking it would grow an average of 6" to one foot per year. Wrong! It went from a very small 3' in the pot I bought it in, to a whopping 8' in one full year! I love the look of this plant! Living in Las Vegas, NV, I am always looking for someting unique and eye appealing. This is tops on my list!


On Jul 21, 2014, Josh12 from Henderson, NV wrote:

I bought a Bookleaf Mallee at the nursery a few years ago and now it is about 10 feet tall. I love this tree it is so different from other trees. It is doing well here in Henderson, NV. We have very hot summers and our winters can drop below freezing. This is a great tree if you are looking for something different.


On Aug 13, 2011, upshotphx from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

I bought these last year from a box-store. they were small and scraggly. Now one of these is over 7 feet tall, thick, lush and in full-bloom, with gorgeous yellow flowers. Very distinctive, decorative plant. can be trimmed, but i prefer a natural look. Once they establish, they are low-maintenance. good for xeriscaping.


On Aug 27, 2010, Marcyphish from Golden Valley,
United States wrote:

The best way to make your garden stand out. The color shape and unique growth of this plant makes me smile everytime I see it. I am growing this species in winter temperatures of the high teens.


On Feb 3, 2003, Jerome from Beer-Sheva,
Israel wrote:

Tall shrub or small tree which has beautiful silver leaves
that are used by florists. The silver leaves are very rich in aromatic oil. The flowers are yellow and attract bees and others insects. The plant prefers well drained soils in hot to temperate climates. This plant grows in my garden more than twenty years and always I think that it is very attractive and very ornamental.