Blue-Gum Eucalyptus ( Eucalyptus globulus )
Tree, broadleaf evergreen, broad columnar
Height :1.5m to 32m included
Origin : Tasmania, Southern Victoria (Australia)
Environment : grasslands, heatlands, riparian habitats; in full sun; on any soil
Climate : warm, mild; needs water at roots; frost-intolerant
Also called Tasmanian Blue Gum or Southern Blue Gum, this tree is the most widely cultivated tree in the Southern Pacific, because of the excellent timber and the production of Eucalyptus Oil. It is a much competitive species for water and light and tends to prevail over native vegetation when planted outside it’s native habitat. It is also risky for fires, because it produces a lot of litter, and it’s high water consumption can lead to decreased soil moisture contents. The leaf arrangement changes with age from parallel (young) to alternate (adult).