Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.)

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Introduced trees with peeling bark and long, skinny, drooping leaves; growing in groves in California and Oregon.

by Michael Kuo

About 500 species of Eucalyptus are native to Australia; a few of these were introduced on the West Coast and subsequently "escaped" with a conqueror's attitude. The species described below (and probably featured in the illustrations) is Eucalyptus globulus, but other species (including Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus ficifolia, and Eucalyptus citriodora) are also common.

Habitat: Growing in groves in coastal California and southern Oregon.

Stature: To 120 feet high; to 3 feet in diameter; with an irregular crown.

Leaves: Evergreen; to 12 inches long and 2 inches wide; dull green (young leaves often bluish); lance-shaped.

Bark: Thick; shaggy; peeling away in long strips that often litter roadways that go through groves; whitish, brownish, and greenish.

Fruit: A top-shaped, bluish white seed pod with slits at the top.

(References consulted)

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