Lemon-scented Gum

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One of Don’s all time favourite trees, the lemon-scented gum announces its presence in a garden or street by the delicious lemon fragrance from the leaves. The perfume is particularly noticeable after rain.

Plant details

Common name: Lemon-scented gum

Botanic name: Eucalyptus citriodora

Description: Fast growing tree, 20-30m (60-90′) tall. It has a smooth, straight white trunk, an open crown and lance-shaped, narrow leaves. The leaves have a strong, citronella aroma. The pale green buds open to creamy white flowers in winter.

Best climate: Lemon-scented gum occurs naturally in northern Queensland from Atherton to Maryborough, but it is widely grown in many more temperate areas.


large gardens
citronella production
timber production
koala food tree

Good points:

lemon-scented foliage
creamy white flowers
powdery, smooth bark
tolerant of different soil types


Large tree with strong root system, so site well away from pipes and buildings.


Lemon-scented gums like full sun and well-drained soil. Protect from frost when young.

Getting started:

Lemon-scented gum is available from nurseries. It costs around $18 for a 200mm (8″) pot.