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There are nearly 900 species of eucalypt, and you can bet that every species holds a special place in someone’s heart. From the mighty River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) distributed far and wide across our sunburnt country, to the extremely rare Eucalyptus copulans, which is known from only a couple of trees living in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, our eucalypts are as diverse as the land itself.

Vote for your favourite eucalypt species and, in fifty words or less, tell us why it deserves to win the 2021 Eucalypt of the Year award. The winning species will be decided by the number of votes, and our favourite written entries (be as creative as you can) will be awarded a prize (see below)! The winning written entries will also be shared anonymously on our social media. We will announce the winners on National Eucalypt Day, Tuesday 23rd of March.

Please note: The genera (groups) Eucalyptus, Corymbia and Angophora are all eligible. Only species which grow naturally in Australia will be considered. The previous three winners (River Red Gum, Snow Gum and Red-capped Gum/Illyarrie) are ineligible to win this year

The winner of our “fifty words or less” competition will take home a copy of each of Dr Dean Nicolle’s “Smaller Eucalypts for Growing in Australia” and “Taller Eucalypts for Growing in Australia” an invaluable collection for any bushwalker, botanist or gardener. Runners up will receive a copy of one of the above.

The next link will take you to our media partner “Remember the Wild’s” page with  25 options or your own special pick and then onto a Survey Monkey response – stay with us – you’ve only a couple of clicks to go!!

 

2020 Winner - The Stunning Illyarrie - Eucalyptus ethrocorys

2020 Winner - The Stunning Illyarrie - Eucalyptus ethrocorys

It’s one of the most distinctive of all the eucalypts, with its dark red bud caps, bright yellow flowers arranged in four tufts, and heavy, woody fruits. It’s totally unique, and not closely-related to any other species of eucalypt.

You can find the Illyarrie in its native home on the west coast of Australia, between Perth and Shark Bay, where it grows on almost pure limestone. However, it’s often planted ornamentally in cities such as Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Alice Springs. The species is very tolerant of drought and rapidly responds to fire by reshooting new growth from the trunk and branches.

 

2019 Winner - The Tenacious Snow Gum - Eucalyptus pauciflora

2019 Winner - The Tenacious Snow Gum - Eucalyptus pauciflora

For many, the image of Snow Gums, with their limbs, over which reds, whites, yellows, greens and greys flow like rivulets, partially buried under snow or in bent, windswept shapes on saddles, is synonymous with the Australian high country; yet this species grows from southern Queensland to Tasmania in diverse environmental conditions. Many Snow Gums will never see snow, though all will be dusted with their own snowfall of simple white flowers (the specific name pauciflora (‘few flowers’) is a misnomer). Across latitudes and altitudes, the species explores many forms. As well as the twisted mallee form synonymous with the windy, scorching or frosted high country, the species can grow as a thick, single-trunked forest tree up to 30 m.

 

 

 

2018 Inaugural Winner - the Majestic River Red Gum - Eucalyptus camaldulensis

2018 Inaugural Winner - the Majestic River Red Gum - Eucalyptus camaldulensis

With the most widespread distribution of any eucalypt in Australia, the river red gum is one of our best known Australian plants and has been celebrated in art, music, poetry and prose.

In flooded rivers, their roots protect young fish from predators, while high in the branches birds and possums play.  A scar or broken bough becomes a hollow home for marsupial, reptile or bird and submerged logs host giant barramundi and Murray cod.

 

 

 

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