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Tasmanian Blue Gum

Eucalyptus globulus

Also known as

Fever Gum, Southern Blue Gum, Blue Gum, Fever Tree, Tasmanian Bluegum, Victorian Blue Gum, Bluegum Eucalyptus, Southern Blue Gum

Eucalyptus globulus0 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

55m

Max

8m

12m

Min

4m

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Tasmanian Blue Gum

A close up of a white Eucalyptus globulus flower
Eucalyptus globulus, Blue gum tree
Eucalyptus globulus, Blue gum tree
A close up of some white Eucalyptus globulus flowers
A close up of a green Eucalyptus globulus plant

Tasmanian Blue Gum Overview

Eucalyptus globulus is the main gum tree used in the production of Eucalyptus oil, however, E. kochii and E. polybractea have the highest cineole content, ranging from 80-95%. For pharmaceutical grade a minimum cineole content of 70% is needed. The main perfumery oil is produced from Eucalyptus citriodora. Significant producers of true eucalyptus oil include South Africa, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Australia, Chile and Swaziland, using different species that are suitable to the specific growing conditions.

Common problems with Tasmanian Blue Gum

Tasmanian Blue Gum Companion Plants

Under-plant with hardy drought tolerant plants.

How to harvest Tasmanian Blue Gum

Leaves are harvested through the growing season and distilled to produce oil.

How to propagate Tasmanian Blue Gum

Seed

Sow seeds in spring or summer.

Special features of Tasmanian Blue Gum

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and are valuable source of nectar for bees to survive in times of drought.

Drought resistant

Eucalyptus can withstand long dry periods.

Other uses of Tasmanian Blue Gum

Grown for their bark, flowers and aromatic foliage. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Medicinal

The oils have antimicrobial properties and are popular in medicine for cough treatment.

Edible

Leaves are used to make herbal tea.