About This Plant

The blue gum (Eucalyptus nitens) is a tall evergreen tree known for its impressive height and straight trunk. It can reach heights of up to 230 feet (70 meters) or more and has smooth bark that ranges from white to grey or pinkish, with peeling strips on older bark. Eucalyptus nitens is prized for its high-quality wood, commonly used in construction, including for furniture, flooring, and plywood. It also provides habitat and food for wildlife like koalas and various birds. In forestry, it’s cultivated for pulpwood and paper production due to its rapid growth, though its cultivation raises environmental concerns that require sustainable management practices.

The Story

Leaf

The leaves of the blue gum tree are broadly lance-shaped and arranged alternately along the branches. They are typically long, reaching up to 30 centimetres in length, and have a glossy, blue-green appearance. The leaves of the blue gum tree emit a strong aromatic scent, a characteristic feature of many eucalyptus species.

Produce

The Blue Gum tree produces distinctive fruit commonly referred to as “gum nuts” or “capsules.” These capsules are the seed pods of the tree and are a defining characteristic of the Eucalyptus genus. The gum nuts of Eucalyptus globulus are woody structures, typically urn-shaped, with a cap that protects the seeds. The fruit can range in size, but they are generally small, measuring a few centimetres in diameter.
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