Eucalyptus olida – Strawberry Gum (plant)
Eucalyptus olida is an Australian species in the Myrtaceae family. This eucalypt is restricted to the Timbarra Plateau and Gibraltar Range National Park where it grows in forest and woodland in shallow soil derived from granite.
The leaves of E. olida are distilled for its crystal-like essential oils used in flavouring and perfumery. The leaf oil is 98% methyl cinnamate and yield is 2-6% of fresh leaf weight. The leaf of E. olida leaf is also used as a dried spice product in bushfood cooking, especially with fruit and in herbal teas. It has high anti-oxidant activity (from Wikipedia).
Care and Cultivation of Eucalyptus olida
Likes lighter soils but is widely adaptable. Drought and frost tolerant.
Photo by John Moss.
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