How many kinds of eucalyptus trees are there?

Distribution. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus and most are native to Australia; a very small number are found in adjacent areas of New Guinea and Indonesia. One species, Eucalyptus deglupta, ranges as far north as the Philippines.

What is the most popular eucalyptus?

Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus)

The blue gum, also known as the common eucalyptus, is the most frequently planted eucalyptus in the world. The shabby-barked tree has blue-green leaves and the distinctive menthol scent common to many gum species.

Is Eucalyptus the same as blue gum tree?

While eucalyptus trees are a type of gum tree, not all gum trees are eucalyptus trees. While they are a beautiful and fragrant species of tree, the eucalyptus, also known as a blue gum tree, is an invasive species of tree and often has an adverse effect on its surrounding environment.

Is eucalyptus tree good for environment?

Eucalyptus is an efficient biomass producer, it can produce more biomass than many other tree species. Growing Eucalyptus in low rainfall areas may cause adverse environmental impacts due to competition for water with other species and an increased incidence of allelopathy.

Why is eucalyptus called Blue Gum?

The Blue Gum tree, as it is sometimes known as, is called such due to a sticky gum-like substance that the tree secretes. This gum is very fragrant and contains anti-bacterial properties which make the tree extremely pest-resistant, as well as acting as a deterrent to the growth of other non-eucalyptus plants.

Why are eucalyptus trees bad?

Eucalyptus depletes the the nutrients and moisture reserves of the soil and inhibits the undergrowth due to allelopathic properties. Furthermore the decomposition of the deceased plant parts is very slow which adversely affects the nutrient cycling.

Is Eucalyptus poisonous to dogs?

Eucalyptus is toxic to dogs. According to Dr. Turner, “Ingestion of eucalyptus leaves may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and weakness; however, in large quantities, it may also cause seizures” in dogs.

Do eucalyptus trees eliminate other plants?

Their leaves have a toxic compound in them that poisons the soil.” And, finally, “A Eucalyptus forest is a poison forest.” Rumors persist that a chemical in the foliage of Eucalyptus “poisons” the soil beneath it, rendering it inhospitable to other plants.

Are eucalyptus trees dangerous?

The California Invasive Plant Council (CAL-IPC) classifies blue gum eucalyptus as a “moderate” invasive because the trees need certain conditions to thrive. For the most part, they’re not a problem in the drier regions of Southern California or the Central Valley.

What is the lifespan of a eucalyptus tree?

Most eucalyptus trees can survive more than 250 years in the wild.

How far should a eucalyptus tree be from a house?

As a guide, if you choose a variety which could attain 10 metres in height you need to plant it approximately 6-7 metres away from any structure on loam and probably about 10 metres away, if you grow on clay. Calculation: Mature Height x 0.6667 = Planting Distance from a building.