Plant Family / Eucalyptus
Often fast-growing, Eucalyptus are impressive evergreen trees or large shrubs mostly native to Australia. Depending on the species, they display architectural shapes, striking bark, great-looking foliage, often aromatic, and clusters of small, white, yellow or red flowers. Easy to grow, long-lived, deer resistant, they make wonderful windbreaks, shade or specimen trees.
Eucalyptus cinerea (Argyle Apple) is an evergreen tree of rounded habit, boasting a lovely fibrous or furrowed, reddish-brown bark which peels on smaller stems. The aromatic foliage is silvery blue-green and rounded when juvenile, resembling large coins. The adult leaves are long, narrow and mid-green.
Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon-Scented Gum) is a tall evergreen tree of upright habit, adorned with a straight trunk and a thin, graceful crown of drooping foliage. The lemon-scented foliage is narrow, lance-shaped, golden-green, 3-7 in. long (7-17 cm), and used to produce citronella oil, which is favored in perfumery.
Eucalyptus coccifera (Tasmanian Snow Gum) is a spreading, evergreen tree boasting beautiful twisted branches and striking, smooth mottled bark, a lovely mix of light gray to creamy-white, often tinged with pink. The peppermint scented foliage is heart-shaped when juvenile, lance-shaped, blue-green when adult.
Fast-growing and stately, Eucalyptus dalrympleana (Mountain Gum) is a large evergreen tree of upright, columnar habit adorned with a straight, smooth, creamy white trunk. Rich of a fresh Eucalyptus scent with hints of cinnamon, the aromatic foliage is ovate, copper-tinged when young
Fast-growing, Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Gum) is a large evergreen tree noted for its incredibly colorful bark. Smooth, its orange bark peels in summer to reveal multicolor streaks of blue, purple, orange and maroon. Young trees have a conical crown with a leader and almost horizontal branches.
One of the fastest-growing and hardiest Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus gunnii (Cider Gum) is a large evergreen tree of upright, conical habit adorned with a dense canopy and smooth bark, flaking off in large pieces, cream, pinkish and brown. Rich of a sweet fragrance, the aromatic foliage is rounded, bright silver-blue when juvenile, lance-shaped, blue-green when adult.
Long-lived, Eucalyptus pauciflora (Snow Gum) is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree of spreading habit, boasting beautiful twisted branches adorned with creamy-white, pale gray and green smooth bark, peeling in cinnamon strips. The bark is red on young branches, creating a glorious display.
Noted for its large silver-green leaves, Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. debeuzevillei (Jounama Snow Gum) is a small, single or multi-stemmed, evergreen tree of open habit. It boasts a fantastic smooth bark flaking in ribbons from both the trunk and branches into shiny white, cream, green and gray patches.
Exceptionally hardy, Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila (Alpine Snow Gum) is a small evergreen tree or large shrub of open habit, boasting a fantastic smooth bark flaking in ribbons into cream, gray and green patches. The bark is red on young branches, creating a glorious display.
Fast-growing, Eucalyptus perriniana (Spinning Gum) is a small evergreen tree or large shrub of open, spreading habit adorned with smooth bark, flaking in ribbons, off-white, gray or green. Rich of a sweet, menthol-like fragrance, the aromatic foliage is rounded bluish-green when juvenile, lance-shaped, pendulous, silver-green when adult.
Incredibly popular amongst florists, Eucalyptus pulverulenta 'Baby Blue' (Florist Silver Dollar) is a small evergreen tree or sprawling shrub of open, spreading habit adorned with a ravishing foliage of blue-gray rounded leaves. Unlike many Eucalyptus, it retains its juvenile rounded foliage into maturity.