In the floral industry, Eucalyptus (yoo-kah-LIP-tus) is one of the most popular foliage types that is used by florists. The reason for this popularity is the delicious smell and beautiful colors. Most species have a silver-blue to gray-green color; this color palette fits perfectly in nowadays decorating trends. Read all about this amazing product this Eucalyptus Wholesale Guide!
What Is Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus is a family of flowering evergreen trees with more than 700 species native to Australia. There are only 15 species that naturally occur outside Australia. It’s a big family with beautiful trees, with a lot of variety in colors and shapes. Eucalyptus trees can range from 33ft to over 200 ft in height. Many of the species have the characteristic glossy leaves covered with an oily shine. In the floral industry, Eucalyptus branches are used as foliage for bouquets, centerpieces and other floral designs
What Is The Season for Eucalyptus?
Eucalyptus for wholesale is year-round available and is grown in the Southern European countries Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal. Each Eucalyptus tree needs a rest period of 4 to 6 weeks, to gain strength. Mostly, this period is in summertime. Due to periods of extreme heat or cold, it may occur that there is less availability of varieties.
Eucalyptus Wholesale Varieties for Flower Arranging
All Eucalyptus varieties carry a delicious fragrance and have silver-blue to greyish green colored leaves. Read below which varieties the Holex webshop has to offer you for flower arranging!
Eucalyptus Baby Blue
Officially this variety is called Eucalyptus pulverulenta. It has egg-shaped, heart-shaped or round, sessile leaves arranged in opposite pairs on quite thick stems, compared to other Eucalyptus varieties. The specific epithet (pulverulenta) is from the Latin word pulveratus meaning “powdered”, referring to the white covering on the leaves.
Eucalyptus Baby Blue is available per bunch in the Holex webshop, with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 300 gr).
Also known as “Silver Dollar”. Its leaves are rounded, and arranged alternately on the stem. The specific epithet (cinerea) is a Latin word meaning “ash-colored” or “grey”, referring to the white, waxy bloom on the foliage of this species. Cinerea has bigger leaves compared to Baby Blue.
In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Cinerea is available in bunches with varying lengths (50 to 100 cm) and weights (150 – 400 gr).
Gunnii’s leaves are lance-shaped to egg-shaped, and colored greyish to bluish green. They are arranged alternately on petioles, on both sides of each stem. That makes that Gunnii is a voluptuous Eucalyptus variety, and thus a perfect foliage for large bouquets and centerpieces.
In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Gunnii is available in bunches with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 200 gr).
Eucalyptus Parvifolia, also known as Small-leaved Gum, was first formally described in 1909 by Richard Hind Cambage. Cambage gave it the name Eucalyptus parvifolia, but that name had already been given to a fossil species by John Strong Newberry in 1895 and was therefore a nomen illegitimum. In 1991, Lawrie Johnson and Ken Hill changed the name to Eucalyptus Parvula. The specific epithet (parvula) is from Latin, meaning “very small”. Nowadays, in the floral industry the name Parvifolia is still used.
Parvifolia’s adult leaves are lance-shaped, placed on petioles, and they have the same shade of greyish green on both sides.
In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Parvifolia is available in bunches with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 350 gr).
In Italy this variety is called “Stuartiana”, and it looks like a crossing between Eucalyptus Cinerea and Eucalyptus Parvifolia. Stuartiana is also offered preserved, which means that they have undergone a process with preservation liquid. In this way, the foliage is extremely long lasting. Preserved Stuartiana Eucalyptus can also be found in our webshop.
Eucalyptus Stuartiana is available per bunch in the Holex webshop, with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 300 gr). Stuartiana is also available preserved; check our webshop to see availability.
Populus has greyish green-colored, oval-shaped leaves. From July to March, besides the standard Populus, we also offer Populus with Berries in the Holex webshop. Unfortunately, when carrying berries, we cannot ship this variety from Holland to the US.
In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Populus (with and without berries) is available in bunches with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 300 gr).
Also known as “Feather Eucalyptus”, or “Willow”. Instead of most Eucalyptus varieties, Nicholii has elongated, narrowed leaves, almost like willow leaves. They are blueish green-colored.
In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Nicholii is available in bunches with varying lengths (60 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 300 gr).
Another variety that we know by its “illegal name”: Populifolia is officially known as Eucalyptus Populnea. It has egg-shaped, elliptical or more or less round leaves on both sides, wide tapering to petioles. From June to March it is also available with berries (from Holland not shippable to the US). In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Populifolia (with and without berries) is available in bunches with varying lengths (50 to 70 cm) and weights (150 – 300 gr).
Arranged alternately along the stems, Robusta’s leaves are broadly lanceolate to ovate, green and glossy, and with closely spaced “feather-like” side veins running at greater than 45° angle to the main midrib. The name is derived from the Latin robustus (robust) and refers to the appearance of the tree species. In the Holex webshop, Eucalyptus Robusta is available in bunches with lengths 50 and 55 cm.
Eucalyptus Tetragona Berries
Although this Eucalyptus variety actually doesn’t carry berries, but leaf buds, it’s decorative value is immense! The leaf buds are colored greyish green, and feel very hardy.
We have Eucalyptus Tetragona Berries available in stem length 65 cm en weight of 400 gr. Unfortunately, this product cannot be shipped from Holland to the United States.
Painted Eucalyptus: A Color Party for Floral Designers!
Besides the “natural” varieties, there are painted versions of almost all Eucalyptus wholesale varieties available. From light pink to black, champagne, silver, and gold: there is a painted Eucalyptus variety for every floral design! See below which varieties we offer in the Holex webshop.
For the Aboriginals, Eucalyptus is a sacred tree. It got the nickname Fever tree., because they use the bark and resin of the trees by treating fever and problems with the respiratory tract. The leaves have a purifying effect, and negative energies disappear when you burn a Eucalyptus leaf. Insects, especially flies, don’t like the smell of Eucalyptus. The same smell is very popular and often used in wellness and hammam products.
Funny Facts about Eucalyptus
- During the gold rush in California, USA, around 1850, the trees were introduced by railroad companies. They planted thousands of trees, but in the end, the trees were unusable. The fast-growing Eucalyptus was not suitable for the use of railways.
- The Eucalyptus is well-known as food for Koala bears, the diet of these animals consists mainly of the leaves. But there is more typical Australian about this tree: this wood only is used for the making of didgeridoos.
- The name Eucalyptus is coming from the Greek words ‘eu’ (meaning well) and ‘kalyptos’ (meaning covered). This name is probably a reference to the flower bud, which is covered by the leaves of the tree.
Design Suggestions with Eucalyptus
Because of all the different types, there are a lot of options in bouquets and floral arrangements. It’s also a very popular product at weddings, the leaves are scoring high on the romance ladder. Eucalyptus is easy to combine in every type of bouquet.
Watch the video tutorials below for floral design inspiration, and visit our Pinterest mood board filled with ideas about how to use Eucalyptus in your floral designs!
- Spring Bouquet with Anemone
- Wedding Corsage with Tulips
- Rural Centerpiece with Hyacinths
- Charming Peony Bouquet
- Summer Wedding Floral Crown
Shop Care Tips for Eucalyptus Wholesale
Check the leaves when you receive them. Cut the stems with a sharp knife and remove excess leaves. Make sure there is no leaf in the water. Use clean water and a clean bucket with a conditioner. Eucalyptus has an excellent vase life, easily lasting more than 2- 3 weeks.