Eucalyptus is a versatile and popular foliage choice in the world of cut flowers and floral arrangements. Known for its distinct fragrance and beautiful foliage, eucalyptus adds a touch of elegance and natural beauty to bouquets and centerpieces.
Eucalyptus is often referred to by its botanical name, Eucalyptus globulus, or simply as "gum tree." It is native to Australia and comes in various species, each with its unique characteristics. The most commonly used species for cut flowers include Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus cinerea), Baby Blue Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus pulverulenta), Eucalyptus Parvifolia (Eucalpytus parvula) and Eucalyptus Nicolii.
The foliage of eucalyptus is typically green or silver-gray, and it features aromatic oils that release a refreshing and invigorating scent. The scent is often described as a combination of minty and woody notes, which adds an extra sensory dimension to floral arrangements.
Eucalyptus is available throughout the year, making it a reliable choice for floral designs in any season. It is grown in many parts of the world, including Australia, the United States, and Europe. The popularity of eucalyptus in floral arrangements has led to its cultivation in various regions to meet the demand of the floral industry.
In terms of care, eucalyptus is relatively easy to maintain. It is important to strip the lower leaves of the stems before placing them in water to prevent foliage from submerging. Eucalyptus can last for several weeks in a vase, but it is essential to regularly change the water and trim the stems to ensure optimal hydration and longevity.
Eucalyptus leaves are a favorite food of koalas. These adorable creatures rely on eucalyptus leaves as their primary source of nutrition, and their diet consists almost exclusively of this foliage.