Eucalyptus Trees, Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus Tree

The Eucalyptus is a diverse tree with more than 700 species. It is one of the oldest trees on earth that dates back about 50 million years. Eucalyptus tree is native to Alustralia and Tasmania. This species is hardy and thrives in warm, wet winters and dry summers. It can be found growing in regions of South America, South Africa and India as well as in regions throughout the American South. Climates in Florida and Hawaii provide the best US weather and conditions for Eucalyptus trees. These trees grow from 30 to 200 feet tall. In the wild, some Eucalyptus trees can reach height of more than 300 feet tall which makes it one of the tallest trees in the world. The Eucalyptus trees produces white, pink, red and yellow flowers. It’s flowers grow in clusters that resemble powder puffs.Eucalyptus Trees Eucalyptus flowers produce nectar which is used as the main source of Australia’s honey. Eucalyptus trees attract birds and butterflies with its aroma and colorful flowers. It’s leaves produce a waxy oil that prevents water loss in hot weather. It’s fragnant oil attracts bees to the flowers. Eaucalyptus leaves are favorite food for kangaroos and koalas. It’s often used in aromatherapy, soaps and perfume. Its oil is an effective deodorizer and insect repellent. Eucalypts is well known for its medicinal benefits. It is used in cough syrups and ointments. It aids in healing wounds, fights infection and sooths sore muscles. Also, it treats colds, cough and respiratory infections. Eucalyptus is also used to reduce inflammation and fever. If used in high doses, Eucalyptus can be toxic. It can also cause an allergic reaction and is not recommended to use for children under six years old and women who are pregnant and breastfeeding. Eucalyptus is flammable and must be stored away from heat and fire. These trees benefit humans and enviroment as well. They provide food for birds and insects. Eucalyptus trees are beautiful and attractive evergreens but also give us many beneficial properties. Their first botanical collection was made in 1770. In 1770, a eucalypt from Bruny Island in Tasmania was taken to the British Museum in London and was named Eucalyptus obliqua. During the 20th century, scientists around the world experimented with Eucalyptus species. They wanted to grow Eucalyptus trees in tropical regions but most experiments failed until 1960s. Today, Eucalyptus tree is the most planted species in plantations around the world. In Australia Eucalyptus trees are also known as gum trees, mallee, box, ironbark, stringybark, and ash.

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