We went to our friends' place today to get our Christmas tree. They have a number of conifers lining their driveway so we took a branch from one to use as a Christmas tree.
It has a straight, white trunk and grows to 60 to 90 feet. The leaves are narrow and lance-shaped. They occur naturally in northern Queensland but are a popular eucalypt in many temperate areas. They are one of the eucalypt varieties that are eaten by koalas.
The bark peels off each year to reveal a stunningly smooth and pale trunk. The foliage, if crushed, has a very strong lemony scent. My friend thinks they are a messy tree and the bark is certainly a bit of a nuisance. I think the beauty of the trunk and limbs more than makes up for a bit of temporary mess.
Photos copyright Vince Evans (click to enlarge an image)