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Plantidote of the Day 2011-11-10

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red-cap gum tree

Eucalyptus erythrocorys

Red-cap gum tree

Thank you, Australia, for eucalyptus trees! In spite of Southern California's long association with palm trees, there are actually more eucalyptus here, spread over something like 150 different varieties (there are estimated to be more than 500 varieties in Australia!).

This red-cap is in a botanical garden, but it could be grown in the front yard (I wish!). It blooms throughout the year, but really gets going in fall and winter. The red-caps actually fall off, leaving behind the spectacular brushy yellow flowers. The tree itself seldom grows higher than 30 feet, but it's stunning at any size.

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