There are literally dozens of Eucalyptus varieties available within the floral trade, with most varieties exhibiting a distinct Eucalyptus aroma. Each Variety has its own unique characteristics. The leaves may be round, oval or tapered, loosely branched, or arranged along an erect stem. Available year-round and very long lasting blue-green foliage. The flowers are creamy white and yellow.
Species: Eucalyptus tetragona; Eucalyptus youngiana
Origin: Western Australia
Symbolizes: From Greek word "eu" (well) and "kalypto" (to cover), refers to how calyx forms a cap over the flower. For Aboriginals the eucalyptus tree is holy representing the division of Heaven and Earth. It is said to have a purifying effect on a spiritual level. You can remove negative energy by burning eucalyptus leaves.
Also Known As: Tallerack, Gum
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality, avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 7-21 days depending on species.
What to Look for When Purchasing
Foliage should be uniform in color and free of interveinal chlorosis. Harvest when caps are starting to lift from the flowers.
The silvery-gray foliage can be used as a filler in fresh arrangements, dried in dry arrangements, or used in potpourri. Eucalyptus has the added benefit of a wonderful, clean fragrance. The foliage tones, from grey-blue to grey-green, are flattering to most flowers. Eucalyptus is extremely long lasting. Treat with a finishing spray to keep eucalyptus fresh and hydrated. Removing leaves from Eucalyptus will produce a sticky residue. This can be removed from your hands by using a soap that contains lanolin. You may want to use gloves when working with Eucalyptus.
Produces ethylene when under water stress, but ethylene is not a concern under non-stress conditions.
Pest & Disease Information
Eucalyptus is very resilient to diseases post-harvest.
Dehydration, leave yellowing, weak tops. Eucalyptus should never be exposed to freezing temperatures. Before using it in floral arrangements, Eucalyptus stems should be re-cut and put in fresh lukewarm water with floral food. If the tips are very tender and soft, allow it to draw water up to the tips. Eucalyptus is not sensitive to ethylene, but if the foliage is poorly handled, is warm, and water-stressed, it can produce concentrations of ethylene that could damage ethylene-sensitive flowers.
For optimal care of Eucalyptus (Flowering), please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.