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Celebrating National Eucalypt Day 2024

To keep trees standing, we need to stand up for them

By Ewa Meyer, gum tree hugger & EcoUpdate Editor.

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees.’

– William Blake, from his communications with the Reverend John Trusler, 1799.1
2023 Winner – the exquisite Sydney Red Gum – Angophora costata
Known as ​​kajimbourra by the Dharawal people, the Sydney Red Gum is synonymous with the sandstone escarpments of the Greater Sydney region, where it grows in woodlands on shallow, sandy soils. Also known as the Smooth-barked Apple, it occurs from
Bodalla in the south to Coffs Harbour, and from the coast to adjacent inland ranges.

The tree to which Blake refers was unlikely a Eucalypt. But it doesn’t matter. Here too, in Australia, we all too often take our magnificent trees for granted – or worse still, we treat them with disdain.

National Eucalypt Day, held annually on 23 March and now in its 11th year, raises public awareness about eucalypts and celebrate the important place they hold in the hearts and lives of Australians.

The program aims to meet the promotion, education and conservation objectives of Eucalypt Australia by addressing the themes of tree breeding and genomics, primary education and public awareness.

Starting in February each year, with the help of Remember The Wild2, Eucalypt Australia3 begin a conversation about Australia’s treasured eucalypts.  Gardens, museums, friends groups, councils and businesses across the country hold events to celebrate their local eucalypts. You have the opportunity to vote for your favourite gum tree from a shortlist of ten. See below for more details.

Are Eucalypt and Eucalyptus the same thing?

Eucalypt is a term that includes the three closely-related genera Angophora, Corymbia and Eucalyptus, all recognisable as ‘gum trees’. Well-known Angophoras include the Sydney Red Gum, Angophora costata, and Corymbias such as the Lemon-scented Gum, Corymbia citriodora.
Well known Eucalyptus species include the widespread River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis and the massive Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans.

Images: Catherine Cavallo

Vote for your favourite

Eucalypts give character to our neighbourhoods, provide food and shelter for native wildlife and help keep our homes, streets and parklands cool. Let’s understand the value of these plants in our environments, especially as the climate changes.

No species are shortlisted from the Port Stephens region this year – but we did get the winner last year, Smooth-barked Apple – Angophora Costata. So thank you to everyone who voted. Voting for 2024 closes on Wednesday 20 March. Press this button to cast your vote!

Until 23 March, you can also share a photo on social media that represents your love for urban eucalypts – #LoveAGum_urban

It could be a special tree, a eucalypt selfie, a story or a memory, a snap with family or anything that illustrates a special human-eucalypt connection. Every post counts as an entry in draw to win eucalypt-themed prizes. Let’s see and show just how much Australians love and care for our diverse, tough and iconic eucalypts!

Eucalypt Events

The Great Aussie Gum Leaf Hunt with Nuts About Gums (online)


February 16 @ 8:00 am – March 20 @ 11:59 pm


The Great Aussie Gum Leaf Hunt is on for this National Eucalypt Day!!! Opening on 16 February and running until the 20th of March, Nuts About Gums will run a Competition with 3 categories to encourage people to get out … Continue reading

National Eucalypt Day Celebrations at the Lithgow & District Community Nursery 23 March (NSW)


March 23 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Lithgow and District Community Nursery, Lithgow

Cross-Generational Open Day at the Lithgow and District Community Nursery! Saturday 23rd of March 2024 from 10am to 3pm 2A Coalbrook St. Lithgow NSW Numerous Community Organisations will be on hand to share their eucalypt stories  –  Landcare, Native Bees … Continue reading

Art of Flow Workshop: Intuitive Art inspired by the Eucalypt Leaf (Online)


March 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


 Intuitive Art inspired by the Eucalypt Leaf …by Gabbi Kitchener Celebrating the life-giving Eucalypt tree through art.   This free online painting workshop will be streamed via Facebook Live.  Saturday 23rd March 2024 11am – 1pm (Sydney time, AEDT) Using whatever … Continue reading

References and other useful links:

  1. William Blake, from his communications with the Reverend John Trusler, 1799. Seeing the Wood Through the Trees by Pete Yeo.
  2. Eucalypt, a film series by Remember the Wild
  3. Eucalypt Australia is a charitable trust that awards grants to support the conservation, education, and research of eucalypts. The Trust envisages a public inspired by and appreciative of eucalypts.
  4. The myths about Eucalypts, true or false – EcoUpdate April 2022.
  5. March in March for Native Forests – Newcastle Civic Park 10am on 24 March. More info.
Published: 10 Mar 2024