Blue Gum, Tasmanian Blue Gum
|A familiar sight in California and Arizona, rapid-growing, long-lived eucalyptuses are a varied lot. Also called gum trees, they range from shrubby, vinelike plants to huge trees, with different leaf and flower shapes on each. In general, though, leaves are crisp, leathery and usually aromatic. The flowers are fluffy, and the flat-topped seed capsules are woody. Some varieties have white or pink flowers that are a source of honey. Some tolerate extreme heat and cold, others are fairly drought-tolerant. Buy the smallest plant you can find so that it will not be root bound. Chlorosis affects some species in alkaline soil. In California, the eucalyptus longhorn beetle is a deadly pest.
Heavy masses of fragrant blue-green foliage and 1-inch, blue-gray flower capsules characterize this tall, stately tree. Needs room. The leaves are white to tan. Yellow or gray bark sheds. Several subspecies exist, including a dense, compact cultivar called 'Compacta'. Does poorly in deserts.
Attributes - Eucalyptus globulus
Plant Type: Tree
Bloom Season: Mid Winter through Mid Spring
Flower Color: White, Yellow
Height: 150 ft. to 200 ft.
Width: 45 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.
Eucalyptus caesia, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus erythrocorys, Eucalyptus ficifolia, Eucalyptus grossa, Eucalyptus macrocarpa, Eucalyptus nicholii, Eucalyptus perriniana, Eucalyptus polyanthemos, Eucalyptus x rhodantha, Eucalyptus saligna, Eucalyptus sideroxyion