Eucalyptus_woodwardii.JPG (45068 bytes)Eucalyptus woodwardii: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Lemon-flowered Gum.
Eucalyptus woodwardii is an upright, small to medium tree usually with a solitary trunk. The bark is smooth and flakes off in late summer and autumn when white to pink new bark is revealed.
Branches may be pendulous. Leaves are 10 to 15 centimetres long and 2 to 4 centimetres wide. They are lanceolate, leathery and may have a bluish bloom. As leaves mature they may become pale green.
Buds are carried in clusters of up to 7 and have a powdery bloom. Flowers are large up to 5 centimetres across. Blooms are bright lemon-yellow to deep yellow. They are usually profuse and extremely conspicuous. The capsules, or gum nuts, are bell-shaped. The specimen illustrated is growing in our gardens and only took 3 years to produce buds.
Eucalyptus woodwardii is rare in the wild and is found in an area near Kalgoorlie in the dry country of eastern Western Australia.
The Lemon-flowered Gum is highly prized for honey production.
This Eucalypt is an outstanding plant when in flower. The species is drought tolerant and will cope with moderate frosts.
Eucalyptus woodwardii could be cultivated as a component of native shrubberies and hedgerows. The Lemon-flowered Gum could also be grown as a “stand alone” specimen. It is small enough to be cultivated in suburban backyards. The specimen photographed is growing in one of our gardens and flowered for the first time in October 2009. This plant is only about four years old and has more flowers and buds than leaves.
The species is cultivated in Israel and the United States.
Propagate from seed.