Lemon scented gum
Corymbia citriodora, Fam. Myrtaceae
A very large tree, to 40 or 50m high, with a straight trunk, white powdery, sometimes pink or blue grey bark and a sparse canopy.
|Form or habit:||Large Tree|
Narrow lance shaped, strongly lemon scented, lateral veins faint, at 35°-50°, stalk flattened, 8-16 x 0.5-2cm.
|Flower description:||White, about 2cm in diameter, borne in clusters of 3, several clusters forming panicles. Buds, club shaped, hemispherical base, 5-6 x 4-5mm, hemispherical cap with a point, 3-4 x 4-5mm. June to August.|
|Fruit description:||Brown, egg shaped or urn shaped often warty capsules, 7-15 x 7-11mm, valves deeply enclosed.|
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|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||A fast growing tree which is far too large for smaller suburban gardens, but it is a very attractive specimen for larger areas. Needs good drainage but will grow in a wide range of soils. Citronellal oil is distilled from the leaves for perfumes and menthol. Propagate from seed.|
|Information sources:||Townsend K. & the Society for Growing Australian Plant Townsville Branch Inc. (1994) Across the Top: Gardening with Australian Plants in the tropics.|