• Home
  • |
  • Blog
  • |
  • Eucalyptus melliodora – Yellow Box

Eucalyptus melliodora – Yellow Box

Eucalyptus melliodora (Yellow Box) is a tree which grows to a height of 30m . It has a fast growth rate. It has a hardiness rating of 10. The flowers from this plant are hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and they are pollinated by bees.

More...

Family:

Myrtaceae

Habit:

Tree

Height:

30 metres

Width:

10

Range:

Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria

Eucalyptus melliodora Plant Profile

Yellow Box Ideal Soil and Planting Location

Yellow Box will grow in light (sandy), medium (loamy), hard (clay) soil. It is important for the soil to be well drained. Yellow Box prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.

Yellow Boxes should not be planted in shady areas. Gentle slopes of open woodland in areas with cool wet winters and dry summers.

Eucalyptus melliodora Cultivation Details

Prefers a sunny position in a moderately fertile well-drained moisture retentive circum-neutral soil. Tolerates poor and dry soils, especially those low in mineral elements. Established plants are drought tolerant.

Eucalyptus species have not adopted a deciduous habit and continue to grow until it is too cold for them to do so. This makes them more susceptible to damage from sudden cold snaps. If temperature fluctuations are more gradual, as in a woodland for example, the plants have the opportunity to stop growing and become dormant, thus making them more cold resistant.

A deep mulch around the roots to prevent the soil from freezing also helps the trees to survive cold conditions. The members of this genus are remarkably adaptable; however, there can be a dramatic increase in the hardiness of subsequent generations from the seed of survivors growing in temperate zones.

Eucalyptus monocultures are an environmental disaster, they are voracious, allelopathic and encourage the worst possible attitudes to land use and conservation. Plants are shallow-rooting and, especially in windy areas, should be planted out into their permanent positions when small to ensure that they do not suffer from wind-rock. They strongly resent root disturbance and should be container grown before planting out into their permanent position. Flowers are rich in nectar and are a good bee crop.

How to Propagate Eucalyptus melliodora

Seed - surface sow February/March in a sunny position in a greenhouse. Species that come from high altitudes appreciate 6-8 weeks cold stratification at 2°C. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the second set of seed leaves has developed, if left longer than this they might not move well.

Plant out into their permanent positions in early summer and give them some protection from the cold in their first winter. The seed can also be sown in June, the young trees being planted in their final positions in late spring of the following year. The seed has a long viability.

Known Hazards for Yellow Ironbark

Citronellal, an essential oil found in most Eucalyptus species, is reported to be mutagenic when used in isolation. In large doses, oil of eucalyptus, like so many essential oils, has caused fatalities from intestinal irritation.

Death is reported from ingestion of 4-24 ml of essential oils, but recoveries are also reported for the same amount. Symptoms include gastroenteric burning and irritation, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, oxygen deficiency, weakness, dizziness, stupor, difficult respiration, delirium, paralysis, convulsions, and death, usually due to respiratory failure.

Other Uses

Wood - pale yellow, hard, strong, durable, close-grained. A very good fuel.

References

The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. Author: Huxley. A.

Related Posts

How to grow bloodroot

Bloodroot (Haemodorum spicatum) Growing Guide

earned its name from the colour liquid that leaks when ...

Growing Diospyros australis tree

Black Plum (Diospyros australis) Growing Guide

Are you looking into growing plum in your garden? Heavenly, ...

Cycads – How to Grow and Care Guide

Cycads – How to Grow and Care Guide

If you’re thinking of growing your own cycads at home, ...

Australian Ferns to Grow Indoors and Outdoors

20 Australian Ferns to Grow Indoors and Outdoors

Fern lovers across the country are truly spoilt for choice ...

About the author 

Gary Clarke

Hi, I'm Gary Clarke, gardening enthusiast and former landscaper. I have had privilege of sharing my gardening knowledge at Aussie Green Thumb since early 2020.

I have a passion for using native Australian plants in Aussie gardens and I always try to promote growing fruit trees and vegetable gardens whenever possible.

Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

Stay Up To Date With Aussie Gardening Tips


Join our newsletter to receive helpful gardening tips specific to Australian gardens.

Featuring:

  • Seasonal gardening tips
  • Monthly gardening tasks for each Australian climate
  • Native plant of the month
  • A curated selection of helpful gardening articles
  • Exclusive promotions for Australian gardeners

Stay in the loop for valuable insights for a flourishing garden.

We promise to only send you helpful gardening emails and nothing more.