Strong Like Eucalyptus
If you find yourself exploring the R2 Hillside land in Northern California, you might come across one of the most resilient types of trees, the eucalyptus tree. This tree has over 700 different species, but many of them share the same identifying characteristics. For example, many eucalyptus trees have small branches with stems closer to the trunk. The natural advantage of this shape has not been discovered, but they are extremely beautiful, often being used in flower arrangements.
A Fast-Growing Friend
Compared to other trees, the eucalyptus tree is extremely fast-growing. Originally, the eucalyptus tree was a known native of an Australian island hundreds of thousands of miles away from the Northern California area. They thrive in acidic and dry soils, which is why they are abundant in this area. Eucalyptus trees are also known to be resistant to pests, making them hard to be eradicated. Bugs and other insects have a hard time taking these sturdy trees down, as well as birds and other forms of wildlife.
Eucalyptus is still used in medical products across the world. This ingredient is found in many popular cosmetic items such as antiseptics, decongestants, cough drops, toothpaste, and more. The scent also has positive effects on mood and relaxation, often being used in aromatherapy practices. If you do purchase a eucalyptus essential oil of your own, be sure to keep this away from pets as it can be toxic if ingested.
Cleanse & Keep Calm
One of the largest agriculture concerns across the world is the fear of wastewater carrying bacteria and toxins into the groundwater. So, environmental engineers have started to plant eucalyptus trees in strategic locations to help absorb and filter many elements farmers do not want in the water used to feed crops.
We have our own grove here at R2 Hillside of over 20 eucalyptus trees. If you are in Northern California you won't need to look far to admire the beauty of these magnificent trees.
“Once you make that connection to nature, you see things in a different light, and once that bond is made, it can never be broken, it just grows stronger”
~ Marthus Newman