Lemon Scented Gum Plant


Deriving its name from it’s strongly lemony-scented leaves, Lemon Scented Gum is a species of tall tree that is endemic to north-eastern Australia. It grows comfortably in sub-tropical Queensland, WA, SA, NSW and VIC.

The scent from this species is so strong, it’s oil is used to make citronella candles. Generally, Lemon Scented Gum is an ornamental species and is valued for its fragrance but who would mind a bee attracting species as a friendly neighbour? The flowers are rich in nectar and, let’s just say, where there’s plenty of nectar bees will inevitably be visiting.

Lemon-Scented Gum can be grown as an annual or a perennial. We recommend growing it in pots to keep it as short as 1m. Due to their shallow roots, they’re not a big fan of root disturbance so, grow them in containers before you set them outside. Have them in their permanent location at a tender age, especially in windy areas to avoid root rock. They’d rather enjoy the glare of the sun than grow in shady spots. Water more in its early age, but be sure to grow it in well draining soils. The species is drought tolerant when established and doesn’t mind poor soils at all.


 

Moderate

Full sun

20-30m High

 

Planting

 Lemon-Scented Gum can only be grown as an annual. We recommend growing it in pots to keep it as short as 1m. Due to their shallow roots, they’re not a big fan of root disturbance so, grow them in containers before you set them outside. Have them in their permanent location at a tender age, especially in windy areas to avoid root rock.

Elegant and attractive, Lemon Scented Gum grows to over 40m tall naturally, but typically 20 to 30m domestically. It is tolerant of a range of soils but loves sandy, loamy and well draining soils.

Frost tolerance

This is a light frost tolerant species.

They’d rather enjoy the glare of the sun than grow in shady spots. Water more in its early age, but be sure to grow it in well draining soils.

Watering

The species is drought tolerant when established and doesn’t mind poor soils at all. Water moderately.

 Watering

At a young age, it prefers moderately moist soil, well drained. As a mature tree, dry is okay.

Fertilizing

Use occasional native fertilizer.

 Harvesting

Best time to harvest Lemon Scented Gum is between March - May. Harvesting is done by pruning and collecting the terminal branchlets and leaves upto three years. Coppicing is recommended in the fourth year to allow new growth. 

 

Please click here to get the full Care Guide


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Deriving its name from it’s strongly lemony-scented leaves, Lemon Scented Gum is a species of tall tree that is endemic to north-eastern Australia. It grows comfortably in sub-tropical Queensland, WA, SA, NSW and VIC.

The scent from this species is so strong, it’s oil is used to make citronella candles. Generally, Lemon Scented Gum is an ornamental species and is valued for its fragrance but who would mind a bee attracting species as a friendly neighbour? The flowers are rich in nectar and, let’s just say, where there’s plenty of nectar bees will inevitably be visiting.

Lemon-Scented Gum can be grown as an annual or a perennial. We recommend growing it in pots to keep it as short as 1m. Due to their shallow roots, they’re not a big fan of root disturbance so, grow them in containers before you set them outside. Have them in their permanent location at a tender age, especially in windy areas to avoid root rock. They’d rather enjoy the glare of the sun than grow in shady spots. Water more in its early age, but be sure to grow it in well draining soils. The species is drought tolerant when established and doesn’t mind poor soils at all.


 

Moderate

Full sun

20-30m High

 

Planting

 Lemon-Scented Gum can only be grown as an annual. We recommend growing it in pots to keep it as short as 1m. Due to their shallow roots, they’re not a big fan of root disturbance so, grow them in containers before you set them outside. Have them in their permanent location at a tender age, especially in windy areas to avoid root rock.

Elegant and attractive, Lemon Scented Gum grows to over 40m tall naturally, but typically 20 to 30m domestically. It is tolerant of a range of soils but loves sandy, loamy and well draining soils.

Frost tolerance

This is a light frost tolerant species.

They’d rather enjoy the glare of the sun than grow in shady spots. Water more in its early age, but be sure to grow it in well draining soils.

Watering

The species is drought tolerant when established and doesn’t mind poor soils at all. Water moderately.

 Watering

At a young age, it prefers moderately moist soil, well drained. As a mature tree, dry is okay.

Fertilizing

Use occasional native fertilizer.

 Harvesting

Best time to harvest Lemon Scented Gum is between March - May. Harvesting is done by pruning and collecting the terminal branchlets and leaves upto three years. Coppicing is recommended in the fourth year to allow new growth. 

 

Please click here to get the full Care Guide


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