Some information on the Eucalyptus Tree you may not know. Eucalyptus produces oil that can improve your health, clean your home and absorb gold in its leaves.
Not only is gold present in the trees, roots and leaves but there are many other uses benefits within the leaves. With over 700 species of Eucalyptus trees and shrubs which exist mainly in Australia.
No wonder that the production of Eucalyptus Oil is worth its weight in Gold. Many Eucalyptus Tree species are a fast growing evergreen native tree to Australia.
Eucalyptus Tree species are a fast growing evergreen native tree to Australia.
That has also be sent overseas for other benefits and uses other than the Eucalyptus oil it produces (More on that later).
Many of the Eucalyptus Oil uses and benefits are worth much more than the Gold found in some of the Eucalyptus Leaves in Western Australia.
From the Geo-Scientists, we know about their findings that resulted in Gold growing on Eucalyptus trees and shrubs which have brought new possible ways of exploration by the Gold Mining Corporations.
This can result in lower costs and less damaging effect with the drilling operation normally necessary in the search for Gold.
If you haven’t read about Gold and the Eucalyptus.
You will be able to go here Gold Growing on Trees Not Money.
We have also explained on one of Australia’s favourite animals “The Koala”.
The Koalas live in the Eucalyptus Trees mainly on the Eastern Coast of Australia.
They love to eat leaves and slept all day.
To read and learn more about this beautiful native animal click here Koala.
Eucalyptus Trees Information
Did you know that there are over 700 species of Eucalyptus Trees which can range in size from the Mallee or shrub around 10 m (33ft) to other trees called the Mallet or Marlock which can range from 10 to over 60m or 33 – 200ft.)
In fact, the largest of the Eucalyptus tree is in Australia from the Apple Isle of Tasmania.
It is known as the Centurion which is the tallest Eucalyptus tree in the word and the third tallest tree species after the Coast Redwood and the Coast Douglas Fir. It stands at a height of 99.8 metres tall or around 327 ft.
The diameter of the Centurion is 4.05 metres and its girth over 12 metres there is another tree is also a Swamp gum tree standing at 86.5 metres tall also it Tasmania.
The Blue Haze
The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia which is filled with eucalyptus Trees.
During the warmer months, the Eucalyptus Trees tend to send out vaporised compounds as the drops of the volatile oils fall upon the scattered leaves.
The vapours released into the atmosphere transforms into a sweet yet woody perfumed scent.
In doing so this produces a blue like haze.
It is for these reasons when you look at a distance you see how The Blue Mountains received its name.
The sight and smell of eucalyptus are a defining part of Australian life.
Dangers relating to the Eucalyptus Trees
There are two main Dangers involving the Eucalyptus Tree one is due to the volatile oils within the trees and leaves the other involves the falling branches not only small branches but some large ones as well.
An out of control fire in Sydney Australia 2013 fueled by Eucalyptus Trees.
As the oil is a volatile and highly flammable danger with bushfires can result as the oil-rich vapours in the air can travel easily from tree to tree.
There have been reports of trees exploding during fires because of the amount of volatile oil within the tree.
There have been many cases of falling branches.
Particularly with some Eucalyptus Trees such as the Red River Gum Tree (another species of the Mighty Eucalyptus Tree).
This is because they have a higher density and high resin content and the weight creates this problem.
Cultivation and uses
There are Eucalyptus trees located in other countries such as America (namely California) Europe, Africa, Sth America, and India.
But all these locations are a result of seedlings brought from Australia.
For some countries this has proved valuable such as Africa, Brazil as the timber is valued very highly with the paper, pulp and charcoal industries.
In California it was introduced around the 1850’s as the climate is similar to Australia which was also intended to replace the oak trees, unfortunately, the type of Eucalyptus used was compared to some older mature types in the forest of Australia and the younger trees didn’t perform the correct way.
The oil from the Eucalyptus can be very volatile and therefore raise a fire hazard issue.
In 1991 the Oakland Hills Firestorm destroyed nearly 3,000 and also caused the loss of 25 people.
Part of the problem was the large numbers of Eucalyptus Trees growing close to the houses, together with the mixture of fire and the volatility of the oil created a dangerous and tragic result.
Some Other Uses
There are many other uses of such majestic trees some of which are as follows:
• Musical Instruments:
Didgeridoos which is a Traditional Australian wind instrument.
This is performed on many occasions by the Aborigine people of the land here in Australia.
• Pulp: The use of pulp in the making of paper particular high-quality paper also in the use of making of Tissue paper due to its fine qualities:
• Dyes: Every part of the Eucalyptus is used to make dyes.
• The dyes work well with wool and silk.
During the processing, water is mixed with a particular part of the tree.
This results in a variety of colours that can range from the yellows, oranges through to the greens and tans down to the deep rusty reds and even chocolate.
Plus nothing gets wasted and the remaining parts after processing are used as fertilisers or mulch.
• Eucalyptus Oil: The fresh fragrance of the Eucalyptus leaves release a pleasant scent that has also benefited in the use of Aromatherapy among other uses.
To find more about the uses and benefits of the Eucalyptus Oil here.