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STRAWBERRY GUM 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.

PriceAvail.PropPotBuy Options 
$9.90 0 Seedling MT Email Me When Available Seeking Propagation Material
Grown From Climate Height Frost tol. Pollination req'd Evergreen/Deciduous Harvest period
Seedling Subtropical 8-10 Hardy No Evergreen
 

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Strawberry Gum (Seedling) 10/10

Eataust1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1877 days 11hrs

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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Strawberry Gum (Seedling)

Peap330's Edible Fruits
Update: 1876 days 1hrs

Comments: -

lack of water

Pollination: No


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Strawberry Gum

Troy's Edible Fruits
Update: 1350 days 14hrs

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lack of water


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Strawberry Gum

Mannie1's Edible Fruits
Update: 1876 days 3hrs

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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