Omeo gum

Eucalyptus neglecta

Photo/Illustration: 
David Franko
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Omeo gum (Eucalyptus neglecta)
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Genus:  Eucalyptus
This is a very hardy, strongly aromatic eucalyptus with large leaves and white flowers. It makes a good specimen.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  White blooms and attractive, richly scented foliage.
Care:  Root-hardy through Zone 6, possibly Zone 5, so stems die back to the ground each winter. Treat as a perennial in these zones. Performs best in full sun to partial shade. Tolerates heavy clay soils. Water well throughout the growing season and as winter approaches. Mulch heavily in late fall or early winter to protect roots.
Propagation:  Start seed indoors at 55° to 64°F in spring or summer.
Problems:  Susceptible to crown gall, gray mold, powdery mildew, collar rot, seedling blights, root rots, and stem galls, while aphids and scale insects are also common.

Overview

Height
15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White Flower
Uses
Flowering Tree,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Trees

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