The Yellow Gum
Although Eucalyptus leucoxylon is a varied species, it is Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp leucoxylon that is commonly known as the Yellow Gum.
Itself varied in growth habit from a small to tall tree with white to cream or pink to red flowers from autumn through to spring. This is a tree that is found widely from south Australia, through Victoria into New south Wales.
Once the climate is more humid such as Sydney and further north it is not found.
Use this tree as a street tree, screening plant or windbreak tree. Its natural open habit makes it a useful shade tree in larger parks and rural settings.
Given a reasonable well drained soil, this is not a fussy plant at all. It will not grow well in humid climates.
The method of propagation is from seed.
- Botanical Name – Eucalyptus leucoxylon ssp leucoxylon
- Common Name – Yellow gum.
- Height 15 – 20m depending on conditions
- Spread – 10 to 15 metres.
- Growth rate – Slow
- Soil – Well drained, will grow in poorer soils.
- Aspect – Full sun
- Attractions – Shade tree that grows in poor soils.
- Flowers – White to Cream and red.
- Flowering Time – Summer
- Drought tolerant – Yes
- Eucalyptus leucoxylon megalocarpa – Largefruited Yellow Gum.
- Eucalyptus leucoxylon macrocarpa – Blue Gum
- Eucalyptus leucoxylon rosea – Red flowering Yellow Gum