Eucalyptus are evergreen trees and shrubs found in a wide distribution, except in the driest habitats, mainly in Australia, but also in the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Melanesia. They are best planted as specimens.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsValued for their often aromatic green, gray-green, or bluish green foliage. Leaves are often lance-shaped and alternate. Petalless flowers born in umbels have many showy stamens that can be white or creamy and sometimes red. Attractive bark.
CareGrow in fertile, neutral to slightly acidic soil in full sun. Do not allow soil to dry out.
PropagationSow seed in spring or summer.
ProblemsSusceptible to crown gall, gray mold, powdery mildew, collar rot, seedling blights, root rots, and stem galls. Common: aphids and scale insects.