Lemon Eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Corymbia citriodora Accepted
Eucalyptus citriodora Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Leaves: Fragrant
Uses: Useful for timber production
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on May 27, 2019 8:24 AM

This tree grows quite large in its native Australia, where it is considered a fire risk. It can be grown in a container and sheared to keep it small and even brought inside for the winter in colder climates. It is also grown as an annual for its highly aromatic leaves which are used to repel insects and have been used as a topical antiseptic. It can be toxic if taken internally.

It is easy to start from seed, but my attempt didn't amount to much in one summer and I didn't try to overwinter it.

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