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Lemon Scented Gum
Characteristics: Tree 24-40 m spread 7 m
Seeds per packet: 15
A tall straight trunk with smooth grey bark peeling off in thin irregular scales or patches and becoming mottled, exposing whitish or faintly bluish inner layer with powdery surfaces appearing dimpled.
Typically a graceful crown of drooping foliage with leaves strongly lemon scented, flower buds in groups of 3-5 opening to a whitish flower in winter and spring.
One of Australia's most recognisable trees that can often be seen in Botanical gardens and in avenues.
Native to south Queensland.
Prefers a deep sandy moist well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Note: Corymbia citriodora is one of around 80 eucalypts which were transferred in 1995 from the genus Eucalyptus to the newly created genus Corymbia. The species was formerly known as Eucalyptus citriodora.
Eucalypt's germinate readily from seed and are generally considered to be one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long.
As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seed 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seed from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.