Dave Bradshaw: Eucalyptus

If you’ve visited the Fran Hansen Discovery Center here at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens you’ve driven right by one of the unusual trees here. I’ve heard well I’ve wondered what that was so today I’ll tell you. We’ve got a Eucalyptus tree in the background and what I like about this particular tree is that it has those wavy slender limbs that in the rustle of the wind it almost gives you a waterfall sound and it has a very unusual foliage. The individual leaves can be quite variable. I’ve had people that thought this was two different kinds of trees growing together not so. The round leaves that you can see there on the stems have no pedial and during some early stages of the juvenile form the leaf actually complete surrounds the stem and as it goes into its teenage years, if you will, it has no pedial but attached directly to the stem.  Then, as it matures into the adult form the leaves change quite dramatically, it has a pedial- that little piece of stem that attaches the leaf directly to the actually stem and then the leaves are long and lancelet and quite delicate in the breeze. So in each phase of its development it has a different foliage form and that’s what makes it so unusual and so attractive to people. So, if you want one of these and don’t have a large place to grow a Eucalyptus tree cut it down to the ground each year and enjoy that juvenile foliage. Come to see us at the Fran Hansen Discovery Center at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and take time to stop and look at our Eucalyptus tree.