Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon', aka Eucalyptus latens
At long last I was able to buy a Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon'. I've admired 'Moon Lagoon' since I saw it on Growing Obsession. Finally I spotted it offered mail order by AustralianPlants, and was able to buy one.
There must be hundreds of thousands of Eucalyptus in California, most all of them Eucalyptus globulus, hardly the finest example of the species.
At one time, some of them were in our back yard.
How did this large, fast growing, exotic ended up taking over tens of thousands of acres of California land? Here's an interesting history. This article is also useful--it points out that Eucalyptus only makes good lumber starting when the tree is at least 75 to 100 years old! Then there is the invasive nature of the tree in coastal California; a bit about that here.
'Moon Lagoon' is most attractive when its foliage is in the juvenile form, so cutting it back hard to keep that juvenile foliage coming means my copy may never bloom, guaranteeing no invasion. 'Moon Lagoon' is found in one dense stand in south western Australia, in a place called Sullivan Sink, near Lake Magenta Nature Reserve.
Hundreds of thousands of California Eucalyptus globulus, supporting hundreds of thousands of immigrant tree trimmers.
'Moon Lagoon' may be E. latens. It may be E. kruseana x ? It may not be. What it is is the Eucalyptus I actually bought, not the E. globulus seedlings I pull from everywhere.