EXOTIC PLANTS OF MEXICO

EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA

EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA

FAMILY :: MYRTACEAE
LEMON SCENTED EUCALYPTUS: If you have traveled in California or Australia, you know how spectacular looking eucalyptus trees are. This one is strongly lemon-scented as a bonus. Hardy down to around 24° f. and grows very well in a pot elsewhere. It is easily pruned to grow as a shrub. This tree grows easily in Puerto Vallarta and the rest of the tropics.

There is currently an effort in some locations by a groups calling themselves “Native Plant Societies” to eliminate all eucalyptus trees from the landscape because they are “invasive exotics.” While I applaud the efforts of this organization to educate people to the value of native plants, I have no respect for them at all in their corroboration with the chemical herbicide manufacturers in this eradication effort. If they are not simply a front for this lobbying group, then they are little better than a Ku Klux Klan of the botanic world. Their xenophobia and hypocrisy are astounding. If they are truly serious about not wanting any “invasive exotics,” my suggestion is that first they remove themselves from their land.

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