Eucalyptus neglecta Myrtaceae
Omeo Gum eu-ka-LIP-tus nay-GLEK-tuh
- Broadleaf evergreen tree or large shrub, to 20 ft (6 m) tall and 15 ft (4.5 m) wide, young stem square then become round. Bark rough, fibrous, grey on trunk, smooth gray-green and green above. Juvenile leaves opposite, sessile (without a petiole), broadly elliptic to rounded, red mid-rib; adult leaves simple, alternate, lanceolate, about 8-15 cm long and 2.5 to 4 cm wide, thin, green petiole flattened, 12-20 mm long; new foliage is rose-purplish. Flowers white or cream.
- Sun to partial shade, drought tolerant.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 One of the hardier Eucalyptus. Native to Australia, mountains of east Victoria, often an understorey tree along creeks at higher altitudes.
- neglecta: overlooked
- Oregon State Univ., North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Aurora.