Lemon-Scented Gum (Eucalyptus citriodora)
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A lemon-scented essential oil is obtained from the leaves[4, 46, 77, 269]. It is used, especially in perfumery but also medicinally[61, 152]. The leaves yield between 0.5 to 2.0% essential oil. This species is a very rich source of citronella, which is much used in the perfumery industry[4, 156]. Some batches of the essential oil contain 98% citronella. Glabrous leaves may contain oil with 65.5% citronellal, 12.2% citronellol, and 3.6% isopulegol; hairy leaves contain more oil with 86.6- 90.1% citronellal, 4.6 – 6.0% citronellol, and 0.7 – 0.8% isopulegol, 1-pinene, b-pinene, and isovaleric aldehyde are also recovered.
The leaves and the essential oil are used as an insect repellent. The leaves are also an ingredient of pot-pourri.
The bark may contain up to 12% tannin.
The wood is good for saw-timber and is used for general construction, poles, railroad ties, and tool handles[61, 269]. Firewood yields run 10 – 21 m3/ha/yr. The hard heavy wood (sp. grav. 0.75 – 1.1) burns steadily and makes a good charcoal with an ash content of 1 – 2%.
Cultivation & Habitat
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