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Eucalyptus neglecta (Omeo gum, Omeo round-leaved gum)

Eucalyptus neglecta Photo/Illustration: David Franko


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus neglecta yew-kah-LIP-tus nee-GLEK-tah Common Name: Omeo gum, Omeo round-leaved gum 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.
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
Style Xeric Bed
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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