Yellow Box

Yellow Box

Common name Yellow Box tree
Botanical name Eucalyptus melliodora
Family Myrtaceae
Natural range South-east Australia
Mature height to 35m
Form Upright with broad crown
Likes Full sun, is salt and drought tolerant
Dislikes n/a
Where to plant Needs some space
Known for Great firewood, tough tree

What Makes the Yellow Box Tree So Special?

Australian backyards, both vast and modest, often feature an iconic resident: the Yellow Box tree, also known by its botanical name, Eucalyptus melliodora. Let’s dive deep into the charms and wonders of this resilient tree.

Why is Yellow Box Honey So Popular?

One cannot think of the Yellow Box tree without being reminded of its precious nectar, which is transformed by bees into the delightful Yellow Box honey. Highly cherished for its aromatic essence and unique taste, this honey stands out among other varieties. As the flowers bloom in spring, they release a honey-like fragrance, thus living up to their botanical name ‘melliodora’. This scent not only tantalises human senses but also acts as a beacon for beekeepers. Consequently, many travel vast distances, tracing the tree’s flowering pattern, to position their hives in the ideal spot for honey production.

Where Does E. melliodora Thrive Best?

The Yellow Box tree is truly an emblem of strength, firmly planting its roots in South-east Australia. Stretching up to 35m tall, these trees revel under the sun, showcasing impressive resilience against both salt and drought. However, owing to their grand stature, they do appreciate a bit of space around them. So, if you’re contemplating adding one to your space, ensure there’s ample room for it to flourish.

What’s So Unique About its Appearance?

If you’re seeking to identify a Yellow Box, look no further than its distinctive bark and leaves. The tree’s bark varies, sometimes showcasing a smooth texture, occasionally dotted with short stockings at its base. In contrast, other times, it can bear a rough, fibrous quality, making it all the more intriguing. Above, smaller branches often shed their bark, revealing a pristine white or yellowish surface. But what truly sets it apart are its leaves, dull-blue-green to greyish in hue and occasionally round-tipped, setting them apart from other Eucalypt varieties.

Did You Know? A Testimony to the Yellow Box’s Resilience

Here’s a fascinating tidbit: amidst the devastation caused by the Hiroshima nuclear explosion in 1945, a Yellow Box tree stood tall, merely 750m away from ground zero. Displaying unparalleled resilience, as of 2019, this tree continued to thrive, reminding us of nature’s indomitable spirit.

To Wrap It Up: Is the Yellow Box Right For You?

If you’re after a tree that not only beautifies your space but also serves a purpose, the Yellow Box might just be your pick. Apart from its visually appealing form, it also gifts us with aromatic honey, making it a delightful addition to gardens and yards alike.

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