Corymbia citriodora – Lemon Scented Gum

A handsome gum tree with a smooth white to pink trunk and a strong and very attractive lemon smell to the foliage, which is particularly strong in damp conditions. Good for temperate to tropical areas. It grows to around 35 metres tall, so is best suited to parks and large properties. A good tree for honey production, and refined oil from the leaves is used as an insect repellant. This tree looks wonderful for avenue planting, where the pale smooth trunks are shown off to perfection. There is one at Kings Park Botanic Gardens in Perth.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Corymbia citriodora
Common Name:Lemon scented gum
Plant Type:Large tree
Height:20 ~ 35 metres
Width:5 ~ 8 metres
Flower Colour:Cream
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Fragrant
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Honey producing plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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