Lemon-Scented Gum

Lemon-Scented Gum

Common name Lemon-scented Gum
Botanical Name Corymbia citriodora
Family Myrtaceae
Natural range North-eastern Australia
Mature height 20-30m
Form Broadly spreading, long limbs
Likes Full sun, drought tolerant
Dislikes Heavy pruning
Where to plant Locate away from pipes or buildings
Known for Lemony foliage

What’s That Sweet Citrus Smell? The Lemon-Scented Gum!

Amidst the plethora of plants and trees that nature has gifted us, the Lemon-scented Gum stands out. Known to the botanical world as Corymbia citriodora, this tall beauty is a part of the diverse Myrtaceae family.

Where Does the Lemon-Scented Gum Originate?

Look to the landscapes of North-Eastern Australia, where this aromatic wonder springs from. The Lemon-scented Gum has graced the undulating expanses of open forest and woodland across several parts of Queensland and as far south as Coffs Harbour in New South Wales.

How High Does a Corymbia citriodora  Gum Grow?

Imagine a seven-story building, now think of a tree matching that height. Yes, the Lemon-scented Gum can reach up to a staggering 20-30 meters in the home garden. In the wild, the tree grows even taller, exceeding 40 meters.

Is the Lemon-Scented Gum Easy to Grow at Home?

Green thumbs up! This tree is a true winner for any gardener with patience and space. Be it sandy loam or well-drained gravel, the Lemon-scented Gum thrives in a range of soils. Just remember, it loves the full sun and is not a big fan of heavy pruning. And do keep it away from pipes or buildings, it needs room to spread out!

Why is the Lemon-Scented Gum a Favorite Among Australians?

Post-Christmas joy isn’t just about presents and leftover turkey. Late December to early January is the best time to appreciate the Lemon-scented Gum. During this period, the tree sheds its old bark, revealing fresh, smooth bark underneath. This ‘decorticating’ process is part of an annual growth cycle, producing hues from white to salmon-pink, and even coppery red to blue-grey.

What Makes a Mature Lemon-Scented Gum Unique?

As the tree ages, it develops an open canopy with broad, spreading branches. You’ll notice unique ‘wrinkles’ of bark where the major branches join. Over time, the branches twist and curve, creating a gnarly effect, and adding to the distinct character of old Lemon-scented Gums. This unique form and elegant structure make the Lemon-scented Gum one of Australia’s most beautiful trees.

Quirky Facts About the Lemon-Scented Gum:
  1. Known for its refreshing citrusy smell.
  2. Its leaves are used in essential oils for their refreshing scent.
  3. Mature trees develop an attractive, twisted form.
Links for Further Reading:
  1. All About Corymbia Species
  2. Australian Native Trees
  3. Growing Drought Tolerant Trees
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