The bark contains 4.8 - 8% tannin. The red gum or manna exuding from cracks in the bark has been used for making adhesives. Planted in S. Europe for soil stabilization and to drain marshes in order to get rid of malarial mosquitoes.Wood - coarse grained, durable in the soil, excellent quality. In rich soils the wood is not so hard or durable. The wood, which weighs about 51 lb./cu ft, is used for building, construction, joinery, and vehicles. It is considered suitable for paper pulp and is a moderately good fuel.
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A fairly hardy species, one report suggests that it is hardy to between -15°c and -20°c whilst another says that plants succumb to hard frosts. 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. A fast growing tree, it is often cultivated in S.W. Europe for timber, soil stabilization shelter and as an anti-malarial measure, the trees are capable of drying out wet ground, making it unsuitable for mosquitoes to breed in. This species is very easily confused with E. dalrympleana. 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.The flowers are rich in nectar and are a good bee crop.
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