Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box

Florist-quality foliage for fresh and dried arrangements
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Mature Height

30 Feet

Mature Width

15 Feet

Light Requirements

Full Sun

Moisture Requirements



An Australian native, Eucalyptus polyanthemos Red Box is a woody evergreen perennial tree, grown for its graceful open habit; pretty peeling and flaking bark; and beautiful, aromatic, florist-quality, glaucous blue-green foliage on a domed crown. Juvenile leaves are silvery blue-green and almost circular, but as the tree matures, the leaves become more gray-green and lance or egg shaped. The leaves easily flutter on a breeze, making a lovely rustling sound in the garden, and in early spring, the tree sets small white flowers and tiny seed pods. Immature boughs are harvestable for foliage decoration or for additions to floral arrangements, fresh or dried.

This tree grows quickly at approximately 36 inches a year, becomes rounded with age, and reaches 35 to 75 feet tall, with a 15- to 45-foot spread. Stake this eucalyptus when young to achieve an upright habit. Red Box is the eucalyptus with the least litter. It makes a nice specimen in the landscape. But it's also rugged enough to be a street tree and versatile enough to be grown as a houseplant.

Eucalyptus grows best in sunny locations with well-draining soil having a slightly acidic to highly alkaline pH. Red Box Eucalyptus is very easy to grow under a wide range of home growing conditions and is drought and heat tolerant once established. It is resistant to Texas root rot and verticillium but susceptible to beetle borers, armillaria and root rot. Leaf chlorosis may occur if heavily irrigated.


Item Form: 1-Quart
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: polyanthemos
Variety: Red Box
Category: Shrubs, Trees
Habit: Upright
USDA Zone Low: 8
USDA Zone High: 10
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season Start: Early Spring
Foliage Color: Medium Green, Silver/Gray
Characteristics: Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Fragrance
Uses: Beds, Containers, Fall Color, Specimen
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, HI, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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