Australian Native Plants

  Corymbia citriodora (Lemon-scented Gum)


Corymbia citriodora photo
Corymbia citriodora synonym Eucalyptus citriodora Known as Lemon-scented gum, because the leaves have strong lemon scent when crushed

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Corymbia citriodora photo
: Corymbia citriodora (lemon-scented gum), showing fruit. Perth,

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Corymbia citriodora photo
Corymbia citriodora (lemon-scented gum), showing shedding trunk bark (summer). Perth

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Credits:
Description, Habitat and Distribution information is sourced from: G.M.Chippendale (2019) Eucalyptus citriodora. In: Flora of Australia. Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment and Energy, Canberra. https://profiles.ala.org.au/opus/foa/profile/Eucalyptus%20citriodora Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



LEMON-SCENTED GUM FACTS

distribution map showing range of Corymbia citriodora in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Lemon-scented Gum

Description
The Lemon-scented Gum is a tree 25-40 m, occasionally to 50 m. Bark white, powdery, sometimes pink, red or blue-grey. Juvenile leaves ovate to broadly lanceolate, sometimes peltate, sometimes setose, on petiole and lamina. Adult leaves lanceolate to narrowly lanceolate, strongly lemon-scented when crushed; lamina 8-16 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide; lateral veins just visible, at 35° -50° ; intramarginal vein up to 1 mm from margin; petiole flattened, 13-20 mm long. Peduncle terete, 3-7 mm long; pedicels 1-6 mm long. Buds clavate; operculum hemispherical, apiculate, 3-4 mm long, 4-5 mm wide; hypanthium hemispherical, 5-6 mm long, 4-5 mm wide. Fruits ovoid or urceolate, 7-15 mm long, 7-11 mm wide, often warty.

Habitat
Grows on undulating country, in open forest and woodland.

Distribution
Occurs in several disjunct areas in Qld, one including the Atherton Tableland, another from Mackay to Maryborough and extending inland.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 15 - 35
Spread (m): 10 - 20
Soil Texture: loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 450
Flower Colour: cream
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Myrtales
Family:Myrtaceae
Genus:Corymbia
Species:citriodora
Common Name:Lemon-scented Gum


Relatives in same Genus
  Corymbia aparrerinja
  Corymbia gummifera
  Corymbia intermedia
  Corymbia maculata
  Corymbia ptychocarpa
  Corymbia setosa
  Corymbia terminalis
  Corymbia tessellaris
  Corymbia torelliana
  Corymbia 'Summer Red'