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Species of Etlingera are widely used for many different purposes. A common use of the Etlingera is to pull out and eat the inner sheathes of the leafy shoots of some species. The aromatic sweet and sour fruits of the Etlingera are also commonly eaten. Several species are used as medicines and as ingredients in local perfumes.
A very fast growing evergreen tree native to Queensland, Australia. Leaves have a strong lemony scent when crushed. Leaves yield lemon-scented oil used in perfumery. The trunks and branches of this species are powdery white to pinkish and the trunks are usually very straight. In nature the trees will reach 75-100 ft. While this species get very big in nature, its size is easily control with selective pruning and container size when grown in the greenhouse setting. The white blooms are not very distinctive. The blooms are followed by woody urn-shaped capsules about 1/2 inch wide. Eucalyptus citriodora need full sun with a well-drained soil mix for container growing. In the landscape, trees are pretty hardy and tolerate some frost.
Eucalyptus deglupta (Rainbow Eucalyptus) originates from the rainforests of Mindanao, which is the southernmost and easternmost island in the Philippine island group. It is a gorgeous, columnar, tall tree with peeling bark that displays a rainbow of colors. In nature, it can reach 220ft, however normally averages around 80 ft tall. It is a fast grower, though it can be kept to a much smaller size if desired. Generally likes a lot of water and naturally grows in a rain-forest environment. Prefers a humid, cooler tropical climate, unlike Eucalyptus species native to Australia.
This species is hardy to 26-28F, but only for brief periods; will not stand intense or prolonged frosts. This means that the tree is a tropical grower and as such can be grown outdoors only in Florida and perhaps southern Texas and southern California.
Planted as an ornamental street tree in tropical regions for its beautiful bark and stately appearance. The heartwood is red and is used as a timber and ornamental wood. Leaves have pleasant spicy aroma provided by essential oils, like most eucalyptus plants; however it is not as strong in this species.
Eutrema japonicum grows naturally along stream beds in mountain river valleys in Japan. It is green, has an extremely strong flavor.
It favours a moist, humus-rich soil and a semi-shaded location. It is very quick-growing and has a large attractively round kidney-shaped leaf resembling an Asarum and a smallish rather elegant white flower on a whiskery stem.
Meadowsweet has delicate, graceful, creamy-white flowers clustered close together in handsome irregularly-branched cymes, having a very strong, sweet smell.