Eucalyptus globulus is a winter green eucalyptus tree. The grey/green large leaves of the blue gum tree give off a delicious eucalyptus smell. Especially when bruising the leaf, a strong eucalyptus odour is released (mosquitoes hate this smell).
The leaves are elongated and light grey/green in colour. The leaves of older specimens become elongated and large up to 8 x 30 cm.
If the leaves get too much sun then good for them, they turn themselves away from the sun so that only the side of the leaf points towards the sun.
If there is little sun, they rotate the blade optimally to the sun.
The bark of somewhat older trees also becomes beautifully rough with flaking flakes, the trunk underneath it is grey-brown to white.
If you prune an eucalyptus tree because you think it is getting too big, or just that one overhanging branch is in the way, do not be faint. Pruning results in creating new branches just below the pruning wound.
Eucalyptus is used for various purposes, extracting oil which is still used by the traditional aborigines against all kinds of ailments.
Eucalyptus is also used for a. o. toothpaste, coughbonbons, throat softeners, nasal spray, king etc.
The leaves of this species are very aromatic and can be picked, dried in the summer and stored in an airtight pot or similar.
These eucalyptus trees are also used to dry wet areas.
With their long roots they suck away the water like a sponge. This species is only moderately hardy and can briefly survive light frosts, better to winter the plant frost-free.
Winter hardness zone 10a (-2ºC).