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