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  Gum tree in the Adelaide Hills
by balhannah

Favorite thing: I will use the common name, the Australian Gum tree.......
Did you know there are about 700 species which can be found all over Australia?

Gum trees do have some bad points like....
they grow too big, fall over, drop branches and have other bad habits, problems that relate to some species.
But gums have a lot to offer..............
with many growing quickly to give dappled shade and privacy, much needed in our hot Aussie summers! They have pretty flowers and will attract birds, insects and even small mammals to your garden, I have a pink and red flowered Gum that I look forward to seeing flowering each year. The different species vary greatly in size and shape and require various environments to survive.

Some varieties that are a little different are.........

The Lemon scented gum... its leaves give off a beautiful lemon scent.

Scribbly Gum ......is known as the tree with scribbly writing on the trunk (or trunks as it may have multiple trunks).

Plunkett Mallee..... is a fast-growing small tree with many smooth barked trunks and masses of white, nectar-laden flowers in spring.

Argyle Apple..... is known by its round grey-blue leaves that often used in floral arrangements. These are grown in commercial plantations and cut back regularly to encourage new growth for picking.

Large-fruited Yellow Gum.....is a gum to grow for its large, decorative flowers which are usually light pink.

Mugga Ironbark..... Lovely,red, pink and cream flowers, and a striking deep furrowed black bark on an often crooked trunk.

Broad-Leaved Peppermint Eucalyptus.....Has leaves that begin as blue and heart-shaped and mature to thick, tapered leaves which are highly fragrant. Traditionally, the aborigine people used the burning leaves of the broad-leaved peppermint eucalyptus tree as a fumigator to relieve fever.

And there is the beautiful Ghost Gum, found in the Northern Territory, as the name suggests, it has a white trunk..........The Snow Gum, and the mighty Karri than can grow up to 80 metres tall, these are just a few I have mentioned that have different features, even though they are all related!

So when in Australia, take note of all the different shapes you may see, they are beautiful, and it's surprising the colours you will find in them, especially when they shed their bark.

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  • Updated Jun 30, 2010
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