Eucalyptus trees are part of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae, and are commonly known as ‘gum’ trees due to the sap that seeps from cracks in the bark. There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus, mostly native to Australia, with only fifteen species occurring outside Australia. Several Eucalyptus species are among the tallest trees in the world.
A popular evergreen, Eucalyptus makes a wonderful addition to any garden, offering year round interest with lasting ghostly, grey-green foliage, flowers for spring/summer interest and a striking, chalky, exfoliating bark.
Not only do Eucalyptus trees hold aesthetic value, they have several other, more functional features, mainly involving the sap or oil extracted from the bark and leaves:
The etymological root of the name Eucalyptus comes from the Greek eu meaning ‘good‘ and kalyptos meaning ‘covered’, referring to the calyx which covers the flowers when in bud. The flowers can appear in spring, summer or autumn (depending on the variety of Eucalyptus) and have no petals, instead displaying fluffy stamens which may be coloured white, cream, yellow, pink or red.
Our selection of Eucalyptus, although small, offers some of the very best choices for hardy trees that will thrive in a variety of soils and provide a year round interest as a beautiful feature tree. Don’t forget to take a look at our range of planting essentials to help to establish your eucalyptus and give it a prospering start.
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