Whilst the recognition of and the importance of trees is increasing, maybe now more so than ever, as the threats of climate change become more significant – this #NationalTreeWeek , we’re taking a moment to really appreciate some of our personal favourites.
First arriving in the UK to Kew in 1774, the seeds did not survive the cold British temperatures having originated from its native Australian climate, however the eucalyptus tree is persistent. Now a common sight throughout the UK, used for ornamental and plantation purposes, the eucalyptus we see today was collected from the high altitudes of Tasmania where similar temperatures compared more favourably with the British winters.
Since the establishment of the seed in the mid 1800’s, the potential and hardiness of the eucalyptus has been recognized across the country. The tall evergreen, also known as the gum tree, produced a honey-like sap from within the bark and a natural oil from the leaves which have since been purposed for medicines, balms, and perfumes known for their cleansing abilities.
High in nectar, the tree doesn’t just provide resources for our consumption but also rehabilitates the natural environment by creating food and pollen for birds and insects alike. In winter, its blooming flowers arrive in a variety of vibrant colours, varying from species to species, offering visual appeal and a lasting fragrance.
From a seed unable to survive, to a stubborn fighter determined to prove its worth, the eucalyptus has established it’s home here and has been welcomed with open arms.