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Omeo gum

Eucalyptus neglecta

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This is a very hardy, strongly aromatic eucalyptus with large leaves and white flowers. It makes a good specimen.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsWhite blooms and attractive, richly scented foliage.

CareRoot-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.

PropagationStart seed indoors at 55° to 64°F in spring or summer.

ProblemsSusceptible to crown gall, gray mold, powdery mildew, collar rot, seedling blights, root rots, and stem galls, while aphids and scale insects are also common.

  • Genus : Eucalyptus
  • Zones : 10, 11, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 10 to 15 feet
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
  • Flower Color : White
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  1. user-7007879 11/01/2015

    Ours in western Oregon (zone 7) is over 60' and still growing. It is trying to grow taller than our 110' white oaks, if it gets a chance. Zero die-back and no limb dropping, even in a hard silver thaw. Very resilient. Needs no water here, tap root went down fast. We transplanted it after a summer and it had a massive 4' tap already, on a 2' top.

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