is a large genus of trees with many species. Over 500 species of
Eucalyptus are known to exist. The trees grow rapidly and some thrive
even in nutrient poor desert soils. Many species have been introduced
into North America especially California and Florida. These trees
can grow very tall, some growing to 120 feet. In Australia, Koala
live in the highest branches of these trees and can eat up to 2
pounds of leaves a day.
Uses: Eucalyptus trees can be used for windbreaks, soil stabilization,
fuel, and are valued for their attractive leaves and bark. Their
lumber is a valued component of Australia's hardwood market. Most
species exude a gum known as kino. Eucalyptus oil is extracted from
several species and can be used for medicinal uses.