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Eucalyptus tress are some of the tallest in the world. They don’t like cold. The bark is usually peeling off in loose stringy or papery strips. Young leaves are often blue-grey on square stems. Mature leaves are shiny, very thin green ovals on round stems. Creamy white flowers, sometimes pink. Leaves can be made into tea or steam distilled to extract oil, which is a powerful antiseptic used to treat gum disease, burns, insect repellant. The essential oil, breathed in a steam, will help clear the nasal passages, as will the steam from boiling the leaves. A small drop on the tongue eases nausea. Oil-soaked cloths placed in cabinets and closets keeps roaches and insects away. Originally from Australia, this fast-growing invasive tree is taking over southern California.
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Uses for bluegum eucalyptus include pallets, fenceposts, general construction, veneer, veneer panels, flooring, railroad ties, toot handles, ship and vehicle construction, fuel, pulp and paper products.
I forgot all about my plan not to go farther than the bluegum.
Thus, argues Godden, Benjy's "story" of the bluegum comes from a "dense cultural web.
But Lindsay also wrote this lovely story about an ebullient koala named Bunyip Bluegum who sets out to see the world and comes across landlocked sailor Bill Barnacle, penguin Sam Sawnoff and Albert, a pudding with legs and a cantankerous attitude, who can turn himself into any kind of pudding (sweet or savory) and who always replenishes himself.
The remeasured common baldcypress of Cat Island, Louisiana, now at 762 points, nudged 3 points ahead of the bluegum eucalyptus of Petrolia, California, to take the No.
The 759-point bluegum eucalyptus, near Petrolia, is the nation's biggest naturalized tree and its biggest hardwood champ.
Eastwood's bluegum eucalyptus had another tree owner saying, "Make my day
For pure gee-whizedness, the biggest new champ is a massive 759-point bluegum eucalyptus from Petrolia, California (see Clippings, Summer 2001), which resoundingly dethroned the 629-point previous champ, owned by Clint Eastwood.
Eastwood owns the reigning national champion bluegum eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, on his Mission Ranch in Carmel, California.
Even celebrities can own celebrity trees: weatherman Willard Scott is the former owner of the national champion gumbo-limbo in Florida, and Clint Eastwood is the proud owner of the bluegum eucalyptus champ (see Register page 14).
Four other new champions topped the 500-point mark: in California, a bluegum eucalyptus owned by Clint Eastwood (629 points--see Register, page 14), canyon live oak (548 points), and California red fir (547 points), and in Washington, a Western hemlock (545 points).