Apple Box

Eucalyptus bridgesiana Myrtaceae

Growth habit

Tree

Perennation

Cultivated as annual

Native distribution

Australia

Biocultural value

Foliage has the combined scent of eucalyptus and apples.

Location

Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Richters

Description

Tree to 22m. Bark rough, fibrous, flaky, tessellated, grey to grey-brown. Juvenile leaves opposite to subopposite, sessile to shortly petiolate, orbicular to broadly ovate, amplexicaul, crenulate, glaucous, concolorous; adult leaves 12-20 x 1.5-2.5cm, alternate, lanceolate or narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, dark green, concolorous, lateral veins distinct, at 25-40x, intramarginal vein up to 2mm from margin; petiole flattened to terete, 15-30mm. Conflorescences axillary, simple; umbels 7-flowered; peduncle terete or angular, 7-15mm; pedicels 2-5mm; buds ovoid, often apiculate. Fruit hemispherical, 5-7 x 4-7mm.

USDA Hardiness Zone

9

Special characteristics

tender perennial, fragrance