Eucalyptus or Gum trees have wonderful blue tinged, fragrant evergreen foliage. We offer several varieties, including some with intriguing disc shaped foliage. The exfoliating bark comes in shades of creams, greys and browns to add further interest and make it a great year round feature tree.
A popular evergreen offering year round interest, Eucalyptus trees are commonly known as gum trees due to the sap that seeps from cracks in the bark. They make a wonderful addition to any garden with their striking, chalky, exfoliating bark and ghostly grey-green foliage that comes in a variety of shapes from longer slender to circular. Gum trees with circular foliage are often referred to as Spinning Gum trees. Unusual fluffy-looking flowers provide added interest in spring/summer. The flowers have no petals, instead displaying fluffy stamens which may be coloured white, cream, yellow, pink or red.
Eucalyptus trees are part of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. There are more than 700 species of Eucalyptus tree, mostly native to Australia, with only fifteen species occurring outside Australia. Several Eucalyptus species are among the tallest trees in the world. 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.
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. Eucalyptus oil can be found in some medicinal products such as cough drops, decongestants, antiseptic treatments and as a natural insecticide. It is antimicrobial so extracts of the oil are used in personal care products such as deodorant, soap and toothpaste. It is also used in cleaning products and as an in industrial solvent.
In very low levels it can be used in some sweets and confectionery. Although the oil can be toxic in large quantities, koalas and possums are relatively tolerant of it and are known for eating Eucalyptus leaves, so many in fact, that they develop a distinctive Eucalyptus odour.