Yellow Gum

Yellow Gum

Common name Yellow Gum tree
Botanical name Eucalyptus leucoxylon
Family Myrtaceae
Natural range South-east Australia
Mature height to 30m
Form Broad-spreading crown
Likes Nature strips
Dislikes Drought
Where to plant Home garden
Known for Often multi-stemmed, impressive flowers

Why Choose the Yellow Gum Tree for Your Garden?

The realm of Australian trees boasts a wide range of species, but few stand out quite like the Yellow Gum tree, scientifically known as Eucalyptus leucoxylon. Here’s a deep dive into this Australian gem that’s known for its vivid colours and resilient nature.

What’s the Size Potential of the Yellow Gum?

It’s a common misconception to consider the Yellow Gum tree as a diminutive member of the Eucalypt family. But truth be told, given enough space and favourable conditions, the “humble” Yellow Gum can soar to heights of up to 30m! In fact, there’s a record of an imposing 45m specimen thriving in Victoria’s countryside. Their elongated branches, bursting with heavy gumnuts, add an intriguing visual element but can sometimes lead to occasional breakage due to the weight.

Why Do We Often See Smaller Yellow Gums?

Many wonder why, if Yellow Gums can grow so tall, they’re frequently seen as smaller trees. Well, these trees are a favourite pick for nature strips and areas under power lines. Regular pruning in these environments often limits their height. Moreover, there’s the widely renowned ‘Euky Dwarf’ cultivar, standing merely 5-6m tall, which is a popular choice for homeowners looking for compact screening trees.

Where Do Yellow Gums Naturally Reside?

Dotted across regions in Victoria, South Australia’s southeastern part, and New South Wales’ far southwest, the Yellow Gum has made its presence felt. Six unique subspecies fall under this category. An intriguing one, the Eucalyptus leucoxylon subspecies bellarinensis or Bellarine Yellow Gum, exclusively graces the Bellarine Peninsula near Victoria’s Ocean Grove and Torquay. This tree enjoys a protected status due to its limited range. Be it for windbreaks, ornamental value, or honey production, this tree has found favour in a variety of settings, especially in alkaline soils of high-rainfall areas and coastal sites.

Which Variety Steals the Limelight?

When talking varieties, it’s hard to overlook the ‘megalocarpa’ subspecies, available in the market under the catchy name ‘Rosea’. With its striking red flowers and sizable fruit, this smaller tree bursts into a floral spectacle during winters. Its ornamental allure has made it a sought-after choice for gardens and avenues alike.Further Reading Links:

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