Lemon Eucalyptus, Corymbia citriodora or Eucalyptus citriodora, is a xeriscapic, perennial, evergreen, tropical tree. This means that this tree can be used in landscapes that are designed for conserving water usage, it has a life span of several years, it does not lose its leaves in the fall and it needs to be grown in an area that is does not freeze or it will have to be protected from a frost.
Blooms and Leaves:
Lemon Eucalyptus trees begin showing their white blooms during the summer months and continue on through the fall. After the tree blooms, woody capsules that are less than half and inch wide appear on the tree. The leaves on the Lemon Eucalyptus tree look smooth but when touched they are rough. A lemony soap smell is released if these leaves are crushed or bruised. These scented leaves are connected to the tree branches by red stems. The branches are a little weepy and are powdery whitish to pinkish in color. The trunks of these trees tend to be very straight.
Caring for a Lemon Eucalyptus tree is not a hard task. Plant the tree soon after purchase so its roots do not rot in the pot, usually in spring or fall. The soil should drain well and it prefers full sunlight. These trees can tolerate soil with some salt in it and does alright with a constant wind out of the southeast. It also tolerates drought conditions after it is established, such as high heat and low rain amounts. This is a tropical tree so it will not handle low, freezing temperature. However, if it happens to freeze, do not dig it up and throw it away just yet. It has the capabilities of regrowing from the roots even if the portion above the ground dies back. There is also no need to prune a Lemon Eucalyptus tree as they prune themselves.
Lemon Eucalyptus trees are propagated by sowing seeds in the spring of the year. The very small seeds are best if sown in a peat and course sand mixture. They will also need to be kept moist. It takes anywhere from 30 to 45 days for these seeds to germinate. These trees can also be purchased when small and transplanted into the landscape.
Uses for Lemon Eucalyptus trees and much the same as for any other tree. Shade on a hot day. These trees are fast growing and will reach heights of up to 50 feet and canopy widths of 30 feet wide. They have no pointy or sharp edges when they are eye height like other tropical trees so they are relatively safe to have around people. Lemon Eucalyptus trees are hardy from USDA zones 8B to 11.
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