Growing and Saving the Seed Of Eucalyptus

Latin name Corymbia citriodora is an a tall tree in the Myrtle family and is often grown as an annual. The lemon-scented gum and other eucalyptus are frost tender and grown as annual foliage plants in the north. They are excellent for floral arranging or planting as a heavily lemon-scented small shrub.



Native to tropical and temperate regions of northern Australia, the eucalyptus is a heavenly scented plant. The fragrance and bug repellent industries have long used the essential oil of this plant.


  • Ornamental
  • Essential oil used for repelling bugs
  • Floral arrangements
  • Foliage plant




  • Seeds germinate in 14-28 days.
  • Start seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost date, transplant out after frost has passed.
  • Surface sow and lightly press into soil, covering lightly with soil.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 65 -75 F.


  • Plants prefer full sun.
  • Provide well-drained soil.
  • Space plants 10- 12 inches apart.
  • A drought-tolerant plant.


  • This plant has no serious disease or insect issues.


  • Will produce small white flowers and seed capsules.
  • To save seeds, simply pluck the dried capsules and store them in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.