The Blue Gum tree

The Blue Gum tree
The Blue Gum tree is part of the Eucalyptus family. This Australian tree was originally introduced to South Africa by a British botanist, Sir Joseph Banks. The Blue Gum grows extremely rapidly and is able to consume 2,000 litres of water per day! Interestingly, I believe that the tree was originally introduced into the Johannesburg area for the production of timber for our mining industry.

I've noticed over the past few years that many large Blue Gum trees have been removed from the area in which I live. The negative impact that this tree has had on our environment has caused it to be regarded as an invader that should be removed.

2 thoughts on “The Blue Gum tree

  1. Huzeifa Taherali

    Hi i would like to have this tree seedling of blue gum tree in Kenya is it possible please let me know.
    Thank you

  2. Mike Hewitt

    All trees transpire water. How do you calculate the daily water consumption and why would it vary between 200 and 2000l per day. Why is this knowledge particularly important for blue gums.

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