Eucalyptus, «YOO kuh LIHP tuhs» is the name of a large group of trees native to Australia. These trees are useful for their oil, gum, and timber. Most eucalyptuses grow best in warm climates that have alternate wet and dry seasons. Eucalyptuses have been successfully grown in Florida, southern California, and other parts of the Southern United States. The eucalyptus that is most frequently planted in North America is the blue gum. The trees grow rapidly and reach a gigantic size. The mature leaves are long, narrow, and leathery. The flowers are filled with nectar.
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