Eucalypts

Eucalyptus VHT117. Learn about Eucalyptus: their identification, culture (propagation, soils, landscape uses, feeding), and uses. Study by distance education with ACS.

Course Code: VHT117
Fee Code: S2
Duration (approx) Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment
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There are Eucalypt varieties which will suit most temperate, sub-temperate or tropical climates, and some which will adapt to most soil conditions.

In California, Eucalypts have been growing so widely for so long that they are thought by some locals to be an American native. In Italy farmers use Eucalypts as windbreaks around their paddocks.

The English sometimes use attractive blue foliage Eucalypts as bedding plants among annual flowers and as indoor plants. Eucalypts have been used for land reclamation in desert areas and the Israelis have found certain varieties of River Red Gum to be an ideal plant to grow in salt contaminated soils.

 

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction
    • Review of the system of plant identification, general characteristics of the group, information contacts (ie: nurseries, seed, clubs etc.)
  2. Culture
    • Planting, staking, mulching, watering, pest & disease, feeding, pruning, protection from wind, salt air, etc.
  3. Propagation
    • Methods of propagating this group of plants.
  4. The most commonly grown varieties.
  5. Other important groups.
  6. Lesser grown varieties.
  7. Making the best use of Eucalypts
  8. Special Assignment. On one selected plant or group.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Describe the classification of Eucalypts.
  • Discuss general cultural requirements for growing Eucalypts.
  • Propagate Eucalypts.
  • Differentiate between identifiable characteristics and cultural requirements in a number of commonly cultivated Eucalypts.
  • Discuss characteristics of a wider range of Eucalypt species.
  • Describe commercial uses for a range of different Eucalyptus species.
  • Plan the establishment of a collection of different cultivars of Eucalypts (eg. Gums, Mallees, Tall Trees, Short Trees, Dryland Species), suited to growing in a specified locality.

WHAT ARE EUCALYPTS?

Eucalyptus is one of many genera belonging to the Myrtaceae family. 

Until relatively recently, all eucalypts were considered to be in the genus "Eucalyptus"; but botanists have divided the genus into two genera in more recent times (and some into three). Many people may still refer to them all as Eucalypts, but some will have adopted the change.
 
Other genera in this family include Callistemon, Melaleuca, Leptospermum, Bauera, Thryptomeme, Angophora, Tristaniopsis, Lophostemon, Feijoa and Myrtus. (Angophora was originally a Eucalypt too!)

The family includes both trees and shrubs and is characterised by the oil glands in the leaves, leaves which are usually opposite but sometimes  alternate, their evergreen habit and leaves which are usually entire (ie. not divided).  Flowers are normally in cymes.  Calyx is 4 or 5 free or united sepals.  Corolla is 4 or 5 free or united petals.  Normally large numbers of stamens.  Fruit is a berry, drupe, capsule or nut.


EUCALYPTUS AND ITS CLASSIFICATION

One form of classification divides the Eucalypts into 8 groups or sections as follows:
(Sections can be distinguished by structure of the anthers (ie. male parts of the flower which produce the pollen, you need a magnifying glass or microscope to distinguish apart).

A. SECTION MACRANTHERAE
   Anthers are versatile, normally large.
   Includes E.erythrocorys, E.tetraptera, E.calophylla, E.diversifolia, E.platypus.

B. SECTION RENANTHEROIDEAE
   Anthers versatile, broad parallel, sublique cells, large gland at tip or sub tip.
   Includes E.pyriformis.

C. SECTION RENANTHERAE
   Anthers subversatile.
   Includes E.radiata, E.marginata

D. SECTION PORANTEROIDEAE
   Anthers adnate, globular, subcuenate to reniform
   OR
   Anthers nearly all perfect.
   Includes E.microcarpa, E.albens, E.bicolor.

E. SECTION TERMINALES
   Many of the filaments without anthers, anthers adnate, erect or oblique on filament, cells normally
   distinct opening in ovate slits or circular pores at the tip.
   Includes E.sideroxylon, E.leucoxylon.

F. SECTION GRACILES
   Outer filaments infertile and much longer than inner fertile filaments.
   Includes E.fracilis, E.calcycogna.

G. SECTION MICRANTHERAE
   Anthers open in front (not on top) in broad oval pores.  Filaments normally fertile.
   Includes E.micranthera, E.cneorifolia.

H. SECTION PLATYNANTHERAE
   Anthers open in front or along sides with long slits or pores.
   Includes E.gilli, E.macrocarpa, E.salmonophloia.

There are other variations on this classification as well.

BOTANICAL RENAMING

Recent times have seen a large number of plant genera being renamed by botanists and herbariums. Eucalyptus genera have also been subjected to this renaming process. It is worth noting that many grower groups, professional bodies, clubs and societies, have either declined the name changes or have opted to take the standing of waiting for a longer period before adopting these changes.

Acceptance of the genus Corymbia has at best been questionable, and many people you encounter may very well still only use the name “Eucalyptus”.

Although most home gardeners and collectors are not concerned with name changes like this, it is worth noting that in the professional fields of botany and horticultural media the change has occurred. Whether or not these changes will be accepted globally may take years to settle the dispute.


ANOTHER WAY OF NAMING EUCALYPTS

The above subdivision of eucalyptus is scientific, and as such very precise.
Other methods (less precise) also exist for classifying Eucalypts into different groups. 
Perhaps the most common one is the following:

  1. The Gums
  2. The Boxes
  3. Peppermints
  4. Stringybarks
  5. Messmates
  6. Ironbarks etc.

This method is based on differences in the appearance of the bark or the trunk.


Hybrid Eucalypts

Eucalypts hybridize very easily.  Many seedlings found growing both in home gardens and in the wild are very difficult to identify because they are in fact a cross seedling between two other varieties growing nearby.  If you can identify the others in the vicinity, you may be able to take an educated guess at what the hybrid is.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS COURSE?

  • Gardeners
  • Farmers
  • Foresters
  • Landscapers
  • Nurserymen
  • Anyone else who deals with plantin or managing trees
Some of our students take this course because they have a simple passion for eucalypts; but for most, they are enhancing their knowledge of eucalypts in order to help them in their business or career.

Eucalyptus is an important genera for plant nurserymen, landscapers and foresters the world over. It's commercial significance is so great that some academics devote a significant part of their career to research or cultivar breeding of eucalypts.

Different students will have different reasons for studying this course. All though, will complete the course with an expanded knowledge and awareness, as a step toward ever expanding expertise with the genus Eucalyptus.
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Course Contributors

The following academics were involved in the development and/or updating of this course.

Marie Beermann

Marie has more than 10 years experience in horticulture and education in both Australia and Germany. Marie's qualifications include B. Sc., M. Sc. Hort., Dip. Bus., Cert. Ldscp.

Jacinda Cole (Horticulturist)

B.Sc., Cert.Garden Design. Landscape Designer, Operations Manager, Consultant, Garden Writer.
She was operations manager for a highly reputable British Landscape firm (The Chelsea Gardener) before starting up her own landscaping firm. She spent three ye

John Mason (Horticulturist)

Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant.
Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK.
He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world.





Tutors

Meet some of the tutors that guide the students through this course.

Jan Kelly

Jan has around 50 years experience in horticulture, including over 20 years as owner/manager of a wholesale / retail nursery. She has worked in both Australia and New Guinea, in many different capacities, including as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer for domestic and development projects, with considerable experience in Conservation & Land Management. Jan has been a trainer of Amenity Horticulture and Landscape Design for 10 years.

Robert Browne

ROBERT K BROWNE completed his Honour's degree in Aquaculture at the Key Center for Aquaculture, Australia, and then obtained a Ph.D. (1998) in Conservation Biology from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Robert's Ph.D. was seminal to the development of biobanking to preserve the genetic diversity of threatened amphibian species, where he developed the first reproduction providing fertile amphibian eggs from cryopreserved sperm, and since then his research has led to many major advances. Robert's science career has included consultancy with biotechnology corporations, and in response to the global biodiversity conservation crisis has focused on amphibian conservation and sustainability. Working with zoos in Australia, the USA, Europe, and for the IUCN has led Robert to work with a wide range of international collaborative conservation programs. Robert has experience in a wide range of research fields supporting herpetological conservation and environmental sustainability and has published more than 45 research articles in the fields of terrestrial and marine ecology, marine fish and amphibian taxonomy, nutrition, pathology, larval growth and development, husbandry, karyology, thermo-biology, reproduction technologies, and facility design, and also several book chapters. Robert remains active in research, and in developing a global project for the sustainable management of the Goliath grouper.

Jacinda Cole

Jacinda has expertise in psychology and horticulture. She holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology (Clinical) and also trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the London Centre for Psychotherapy. In horticulture she has a Certificate in Garden Design and ran her own landscaping and garden design business for a number of years. Jacinda also has many years experience in course development and educational writing.

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