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Flowering Strawberry GumBotanical Name: Eucalyptus olida

Natural occurrence:  Montane woodlands near Tenterfield, NSW. Description: Medium-sized tree up to 10 metres. Forms a crowned canopy in mature trees. The leaves are gray, and new growth has an attractive purple colour. The leaves are typically about 10cm long with two distinct stages: juvenile foliage is a broad-shaped, and adult leaves are slender in mature trees. The leaves also have a strong aroma, somewhat reminiscent of passion fruit or strawberries. The leaves are used for flavouring and perfumery. The bark is stringy, and young branches are smooth. The flowers are cream coloured and are followed by woody seed capsules. Cultivation:  Prefers full-sun conditions. Tolerant of low soil fertility. Prefers well-drained soil. The tree is frost tolerant down to – 8 C degrees. Strawberry gum is ideal for temperate conditions, but can also grow in subtropical conditions. Leaves can be harvested as required. Harvesting the leaves for culinary use and cut-foliage can done individually or by pruning branches back by 60-80 cm. Regular light pruning also maintains a shorter tree and denser canopy more suited for backyard situations.   Use:  The strawberry gum has several uses due to the presence of essential oils in the leaf, and has been harvested commercially for flavouring and perfumery since the 1980s. Strawberry gum leaf is used to enhance the flavour of cooked fruit dishes, and in deserts, spiced jams and confectionary to bring-out the classic “berry” flavour. The leaf is used fresh or dried, and as a ground spice. It can also be used in native herb teas and carbonated beverages.   The main ingredient, methyl cinnamate, which imparts a fruity aroma and flavour and composes of up to 98% of the essential oil, with ocimene being the remainder at 2%. The oil yield is very high, varying from 2 – 6% (fresh weight). When distilling, a natural solvent needs to be added to the still during distillation to prevent methyl cinnamate crystals clogging the still.

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Eucalyptus - Strawberry Gum (Seedling) 10/10

Eataust1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2722 days 20hrs

Comments: - aka "Forestberry herb".  Leaves have a sweet berry overlay on the eucalyptus and are edible.  No fruit.  Growing slowly but very healthily and steadily.  Love this plant and will put more in.

Planted: 2007

Height 1.5 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Qty: 2

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

Water Given in: Summer

Pollination: Self Pollination

Fertiliser or Organics Used: None

Pest Control: None.

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Mannie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 2721 days 12hrs

Comments: -

Another happy seedling that seems to like the home we gave it.  It will be long time before i can look up at a tree, but enjoying the progress nonetheless.

Planted: 2008

Sun/Shade: Full Sun

When I Fertilise: Never

Organic Status:Organic

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Peap330's Edible Fruits
Update: 2721 days 10hrs

Comments: -

lack of water

Pollination: No

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Troy's Edible Fruits
Update: 2195 days 23hrs

Comments: -

lack of water

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