Weeping Eucalyptus camaldulensis - Red River, Blue Gum Tree
Eucalyptus camaldulensis- An evergreen, hardy to mid teens., wind tolerant. These trees have a weeping form. They give off a fresh scent of eucalyptus under the warm summer sun and especially when it rains.
The River Red Gum is known to grow almost anywhere but more particularly along the water courses (dry and wet) of the inland. This is one of the fastest growing trees on the planet and it is very drought tolerant once established.
Preferring light to heavy soils in an open, sunny position, this tree can grow to a height of 50 metres with a spread of 7 metres. The stem is often twisted and the branches spreading. The bark is smooth and reddish brown while the crown is densely textured. The leaves are dark green while the summer flowers are white. This tree is drought, frost and salt tolerant.
E.camaldulensis occurs at Greenough on the Western Australian coast near Geraldton. The typical growth of this group of trees is for the trunk to grow more or less straight up for about two metres followed by a right-angled bend. It is apparently a response to the local environmental conditions but the habit appears to be genetically fixed. The branches are long and weeping much like a weeping willow. Makes great shade and gives a soft look.
The bark is smooth and white or greyish in colour except near the base of the trunk where it is often rough. There is also a slight hue of pink to hot pink in new growth.
The white flowers are seen mainly in late spring and summer and these are loved by bees. The flowers are followed by small seed capsules about 60 mm diameter with protruding valves.
These trees are unique in that seedlings show the habit of the mother tree, and can be trained to weep, much like the grafted weeping eucalyptus called Blue Veil.